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Date of Birth: 11/22/1819




 

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Play not with paradoxes. That caustic which you handle in order to scorch others may happen to sear your own fingers and make them dead to the quality of things.
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I'm not denyin' the women are foolish. God Almighty made 'em to match the men.
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Belief consists in accepting the affirmations of the soul; unbelief, in denying them.
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The sons of Judah have to choose that God may again choose them. The divine principle of our race is action, choice, resolved memory.
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I desire no future that will break the ties with the past.
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Marriage must be a relation either of sympathy or of conquest.
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What loneliness is more lonely than distrust?
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Science is properly more scrupulous than dogma. Dogma gives a charter to mistake, but the very breath of science is a contest with mistake, and must keep the conscience alive.
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But what we call our despair is often only the painful eagerness of unfed hope.
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Blessed is the man, who having nothing to say, abstains from giving wordy evidence of the fact.
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No story is the same to us after a lapse of time; or rather we who read it are no longer the same interpreters.
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And when a woman's will is as strong as the man's who wants to govern her, half her strength must be concealment.
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An ass may bray a good while before he shakes the stars down.
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All meanings, we know, depend on the key of interpretation.
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Knowledge slowly builds up what Ignorance in an hour pulls down.
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A toddling little girl is a centre of common feeling which makes the most dissimilar people understand each other.
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The beginning of compunction is the beginning of a new life.
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In the vain laughter of folly wisdom hears half its applause.
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That's what a man wants in a wife, mostly; he wants to make sure one fool tells him he's wise.
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In every parting there is an image of death.
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Our deeds still travel with us from afar, and what we have been makes us what we are.
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Nothing is so good as it seems beforehand.
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He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.
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Whether happiness may come or not, one should try and prepare one's self to do without it.
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It is easy to say how we love new friends, and what we think of them, but words can never trace out all the fibers that knit us to the old.
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