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Chastity does not mean abstention from sexual wrong; it means something flaming, like Joan of Arc.
 

Christianity has died many times and risen again; for it has a God who knew his way out of the grave
 

Christianity has not been tried and found wanting; it has been found difficult, and not tried.
 

Coincidences are spiritual puns.
[Coincidence]
 

Compromise used to mean that half a loaf was better than no bread. Among modern statesmen it really seems to mean that half a loaf; is better than a whole loaf.
 

Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of readiness to die.
[Courage]
 

Cruelty is, perhaps, the worst kid of sin. Intellectual cruelty is certainly the worst kind of cruelty.
 

Democracy means government by the uneducated, while aristocracy means government by the badly educated.
[Democracy]
 

Do not free a camel of the burden of his hump; you may be freeing him from being a camel.
[Perseverance]
 

Dogma is actually the only thing that cannot be separated from education. It IS education. A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching. There are no uneducated people; only most people are educated wrong. The true task of culture today is not a task of expansion, but of selection-and rejection. The educationist must find a creed and teach it.
 

Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.
 

Don't use a noun and then an adjective that crosses out the noun. An adjective qualifies, it cannot contradict. Don't say, "Give me a patriotism that is free from all boundaries." It is like saying, "Give me a pork pie with no pork in it." Don't say, "I look forward to that larger religion that shall have no special dogmas." It is like saying, "I look forward to that larger quadruped who shall have no feet." A quadruped means something with four feet; and a religion means something that commits a man to some doctrine about the universe. Don't let the meek substantive be absolutely murdered by the joyful, exuberant adjective.
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Drink because you are happy, but never because you are miserable.
 

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.
[Education]
 

Education is the period during which you are being instructed by somebody you do not know, about something you do not want to know.
[Education]
 

Experience which was once claimed by the aged is now claimed exclusively by the young.
 

Fable is more historical than fact, because fact tells us about one man and fable tells us about a million men.
 

Facts as facts do not always create a spirit of reality, because reality is a spirit.
[Reality]
 

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.
 

For in all legends men have thought of women as sublime separately but horrible in a herd.
 


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