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Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing song.
The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes, rather than their minds.
Forget past mistakes. Forget failures. Forget everything except what you're going to do now and do it.
It may be true that you can't fool all the people all the time, but you can fool enough of them to rule a large country.
One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say.
The laws that Charondas gave to Catana,... A man might divorce his wife, or a wife her husband, said Charondas, but then he or she must not marry anyone younger than the divorced mate.
Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.