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Simplicity is the most deceitful mistress that ever betrayed man.
 

Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.
 

Susceptibility to the highest forces is the highest genius.
 

Symbol or energy, the Virgin had acted as the greatest force the Western world had ever felt, and had drawn man's activities to herself more strongly than any other power, natural or supernatural had ever done.
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Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants.
 

The American President resembles the commander of a ship at sea. He must have a helm to grasp, a course to steer, a port to seek.
 

The difference is slight, to the influence of an author, whether he is read by 500 readers, or by five hundred thousand; if he can select the 500, he reaches the five hundred thousand.
 

The effect of power and publicity on all men is the aggravation of self, a sort of tumor that ends by killing the victim's sympathies.
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The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.
[Life]
 

The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.
 

The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.
 

The proper study of mankind is woman.
 

The woman who is known only through a man is known wrong.
 

There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.
 

These questions of taste, of feeling, of inheritance, need no settlement. Everyone carries his own inch-rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.
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They know enough who know how to learn.
[Knowledge]
 

We combat obstacles in order to get repose, and when got, the repose is insupportable.
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What one knows is, in youth, of little moment; they know enough who know how to learn.
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Women have, commonly, a very positive moral sense; that which they will, is right; that which they reject, is wrong; and their will, in most cases, ends by settling the moral.
[Women]
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You can't use tact with a Congressman! A Congressman is a hog! You must take a stick and hit him on the snout!
 


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