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I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.
 

I've searched all the parks in all the cities and found no statues of committees.
 

Idolatry is committed, not merely by setting up false gods, but also by setting up false devils; by making men afraid of war or alcohol, or economic law, when they should be afraid of spiritual corruption and cowardice.
 

If a rhinoceros were to enter this resteraunt now, there is no denying he would have great power here. But I would be the first to rise and assure him that he had no authority whatever.
 

If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.
 

If I can put one touch of rosy sunset into the life of any man or woman, I shall feel that I have worked with God.
 

If I did not believe in God, I should still want my doctor, my lawyer and my banker to do so.
 

If I had only one sermon to preach it would be a sermon against pride.
 

If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments.
 

If there were no God, there would be no Atheists.
 

If you do not understand a man you cannot crush him. And if you do understand him, very probably you will not.
 

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.
 

In truth, there are only two kinds of people; those who accept dogma and know it, and those who accept dogma and don't know it.
 

Is dishwater dull? Naturalists with microscopes have told me that it teems with quiet fun.
[Nature]
 

It is as healthy to enjoy sentiment as to enjoy jam.
 

It is not bigotry to be certain we are right; but it is bigotry to be unable to imagine how we might possibly have gone wrong.
 

It is not funny that anything else should fall down; only that a man should fall down. Why do we laugh? Because it is a gravely religious matter: it is the Fall of Man. Only man can be absurd: for only man can be dignified.
 

It is the test of a good religion whether you can joke about it.
 

It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.
[Problems]
 

It matters very little whether a man is discontented in the name of pessimism or progress, if his discontent does in fact paralyse his power of appreciating what he has got.
[Forgiveness]
 


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