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Habit is a shackle for the free.
[Habit]
 

Happiness, n. An agreeable sensation arising from contemplating the misery of another.
 

Heathen, n. A beknighted creature who has the folly to worship something that he can see and feel.
[Religion]
 

Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
 

Helpmate, n. A wife, or bitter half.
 

Historian - a broad-gauge gossip.
 

History, n: an account mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
[History]
 

Hope is desire and expectation rolled into one.
[Hope]
 

I believe we shall come to care about people less and less. The more people one knows the easier it becomes to replace them. It's one of the curses of London.
 

I never said all Democrats were saloonkeepers. What I said was that all saloonkeepers are Democrats.
 

Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but "pervades and regulates the whole." He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line.
 

Ignoramus: a person unacquainted with certain kinds of knowledge familiar to yourself, and having certain other kinds that you know nothing about.
[Ignorance]
 

Immortality: A toy which people cry for, And on their knees apply for, Dispute, contend and lie for, And if allowed Would be right proud Eternally to die for.
 

Impartial - unable to perceive any promise of personal advantage from espousing either side of a controversy.
 

Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.
 

In our civilization, and under our republican form of government, intelligence is so highly honored that it is rewarded by exemption from the cares of office.
 

In'ards, n. pl. The stomach, heart, soul, and other bowels.
 

Incompatibility. In matrimony a similarity of tastes, particularly the taste for domination.
 

Infancy, n. The period of our lives when, according to Wordsworth, 'Heaven lies about us.' The world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.
 

Infidel, n: in New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does.
[Religion]
 


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