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Quote Left I can't say whether we had more wit among us now than usual, but I am certain we had more laughing, which answered the end as well. Quote Right
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Quote Left Ill fares the land, to hast'ning ill a prey, Where wealth accumulates, and men decay Princes and Lords may flourish, or may fade A breath can make them, as a breath has made but a bold peasantry, their country's pride, When once destroyed can never be supplied. Quote Right
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Quote Left The life of man is a journey; a journey that must be traveled, however bad the roads or the accommodation. Quote Right
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Quote Left The dancing pair that simply sought renown,By holding out to tire each other downThe swain mistrustless of his smutted face,While secret laughter titter'd round the placeThe bashful virgin's side-long looks of love,The matrons glance that would those looks reproveThese were thy charms, sweet village sports like these,With sweet succession, taught e'en toil to pleaseThese were thy bowers their cheerful influence shed,These were thy charms -- but all these charms are fled. Quote Right
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Quote Left Ask me no questions, and I'll tell you no fibs. Quote Right
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Quote Left She who makes her husband and her children happy, who reclaims the one from vice, and trains up the other to virtue, is a much greater character than the ladies described in romance, whose whole occupation is to murder mankind with shafts from their quiver or their eyes. Quote Right
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Quote Left Crime generally punishes itself. Quote Right
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Quote Left Hope, like the gleaming taper's light, Adorns and cheers our way And still, as darker grows the night, Emits a brighter ray. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life at the greatest and best is but a froward child, that must be humored and coaxed a little till it falls asleep, and then all the care is over. Quote Right
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Quote Left Surely the best way to meet the enemy is head on in the field and not wait till they plunder our very homes. Quote Right
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Quote Left The hours that we pass with happy prospects in view are more pleasing than those crowned with success. Quote Right
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Quote Left He makes a very handsome corpse and becomes his coffin prodigiously. Quote Right
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Quote Left The true use of speech is not so much to express our wants as to conceal them. Quote Right
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Quote Left Don't let us make imaginary evils, when you know we have so many real ones to encounter. Quote Right
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Quote Left Girls like to be played with, and rumpled a little too, sometimes. Quote Right
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Quote Left But in his duty prompt at every call, he watched and wept, he prayed and felt for all. Quote Right
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Quote Left When a person has no need to borrow they find multitudes willing to lend. Quote Right
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Quote Left The very pink of perfection. Quote Right
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Quote Left If one wishes to become rich they must appear rich. Quote Right
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Quote Left Life has been compared to a race, but the allusion improves by observing, that the most swift are usually the least manageable and the most likely to stray from the course. Great abilities have always been less serviceable to the possessors than moderate ones. Quote Right
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Quote Left Every absurdity has a champion to defend it, for error is always talkative. Quote Right
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Quote Left Romance and novel paint beauty in colors more charming than nature, and describe a happiness that humans never taste. How deceptive and destructive are those pictures of consummate bliss! Quote Right
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Quote Left There is no arguing with him, for if his pistol misses fire, he knocks you down with the butt end of it. Quote Right
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Quote Left I have known a German Prince with more titles than subjects, and a Spanish nobleman with more names than shirts. Quote Right
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Quote Left You can preach a better sermon with your life than with your lips. Quote Right
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