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Quote Left There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes the whole universe for a vast practical joke. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life's a voyage that's homeward bound. Quote Right
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Quote Left Look you, Doubloon, your zodiac here is the life of man in one round chapter. To begin: there's Aries, or the Ram -- lecherous dog, he begets us; then, Taurus, or the Bull -- he bumps us the first thing; then Gemini, or the Twins -- that is, Virtue and Vice; we try to reach Virtue, when lo! comes Cancer the Crab, and drags us back; and here, going from Virtue, Leo, a roaring Lion, lies in the path -- he gives a few fierce bites and surly dabs with his paw; we escape, and hail Virgo, the virgin! that's our first love; we marry and think to be happy for aye, when pop comes Libra, or the Scales -- happiness weighed and found wanting; and while we are very sad about that, Lord! how we suddenly jump, as Scorpio, or the Scorpion, stings us in rear; we are curing the wound, when come the arrows all round; Sagittarius, or the Archer, is amusing himself. As we pluck out the shafts, stand aside! here's the battering-ram, Capricornus, or the Goat; full tilt, he comes rushing, and headlong we are tossed; when Aquarius, or the Waterbearer, pours out his whole deluge and drowns us; and, to wind up, with Pisces, or the Fishes, we sleep. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life is a long Dardenelles, My Dear Madam, the shores whereof are bright with flowers, which we want to pluck, but the bank is too high; and so ... Quote Right
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Quote Left Men may seem detestable as joint stock-companies and nations; knaves, fools, and murderers there may be; men may have mean and meagre faces; but man, in the ideal, is so noble and so sparkling, such a grand and glowing creature, that over any ignominious blemish in him all his fellows should run to throw their costliest robes. Quote Right
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Quote Left There is no faith, and no stoicism, and no philosophy, that a mortal man can possibly evoke, which will stand the final test of a real impassi... Quote Right
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Quote Left Toward the accomplishment of an aim, which in wantonness of atrocity would seem to partake of the insane, he will direct a cool judgement, sagacious and sound. These men are madmen, and of the most dangerous sort. Quote Right
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Quote Left When I think of this life I have led; the desolation of solitude it has been; the masoned, walled-town of a Captain's exclusiveness, which admits but small entrance to any sympathy from the green country without -- oh, weariness! heaviness! Guinea-coast slavery of solitary command! Quote Right
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Quote Left Of all the preposterous assumptions of humanity over humanity, nothing exceeds most of the criticisms made on the habits of the poor by the well-housed, well- warmed, and well-fed. Quote Right
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Quote Left However baby man may brag of his science and skill, and however much, in a flattering future, that science and skill may augment; yet for ever... Quote Right
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Quote Left There are certain queer times and occasions in this strange mixed affair we call life when a man takes this whole universe for a vast practica... Quote Right
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Quote Left Evil is unspectacular and always human, and shores our bed and eats at our own table. Quote Right
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Quote Left We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men and among those fibers, as sympathetic threads, our actions run as causes, and they come back to us as effects. Quote Right
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Quote Left Through the port comes the moon-shine astray! It tips the guard's cutlass and silvers this nook;... Quote Right
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Quote Left It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation. Quote Right
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Quote Left The beauty myth moves for men as a mirage; its power lies in its ever-receding nature. When the gap is closed, the lover embraces only his own disillusion. Quote Right
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Quote Left He who has never failed somewhere. . . that man can not be great. Quote Right
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Quote Left Where does the violet tint end and the orange tint begins? Distinctly we see the difference of the colors, but where exactly does the one first blending enter into the other. So with sanity and insanity. Quote Right
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Quote Left A man thinks that by mouthing hard words he understands hard things. Quote Right
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Quote Left From without, no wonderful effect is wrought within ourselves, unless some interior, responding wonder meets it. Quote Right
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Quote Left For all men tragically great are made so through a certain morbidness. Quote Right
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Quote Left Old age is always wakeful; as if, the longer linked with life, the less man has to do with aught that looks like death. Quote Right
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Quote Left They talk of the dignity of work. Bosh. The dignity is in leisure. Quote Right
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Quote Left We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men. Quote Right
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Quote Left Juxtaposition marries men. Quote Right
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