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There are four kinds of Homicide: felonious, excusable, justifiable, and praiseworthy.
 

There is nothing new under the sun but there are lots of old things we don't know.
 

To apologize is to lay the foundation for a future offense.
 

To be positive: to be mistaken at the top of one's voice.
[Opinion]
 

Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors.
 

Twice, adv. Once too often.
 

Un-American, adj. Wicked, intolerable, heathenish.
 

Virtues, n. pl. Certain abstentions.
 

Vote, v. The instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
 

Vote: the instrument and symbol of a freeman's power to make a fool of himself and a wreck of his country.
 

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography.
 

We know what happens to people who stay in the middle of the road. They get run over.
 

We submit to the majority because we have to. But we are not compelled to call our attitude of subjection a posture of respect.
 

What is a democrat? One who believes that the republicans have ruined the country. What is a republican? One who believes that the democrats would ruin the country.
 

What this country needs what every country needs occasionally is a good hard bloody war to revive the vice of patriotism on which its existence as a nation depends.
 

When you doubt, abstain.
 

Who never doubted, never half believed. Where doubt is, there truth is - it is her shadow.
 

Wit - the salt with which the American humorist spoils his intellectual cookery by leaving it out.
 

Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
 

Woman would be more charming if one could fall into her arms without falling into her hands.
 


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