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It is better to know nothing than to know what ain't so.
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It is much easier to repent of sins that we have committed than to repent of those we intend to commit.
 

It is not all bad, this getting old, ripening. After the fruit has got its growth it should juice up and mellow. God forbid I should live long enough to ferment and rot and fall to the ground in a squash.
 

It is not only the most difficult thing to know oneself, but the most inconvenient, too.
[Self Knowledge]
 

It is the little things that fret and worry us; you can dodge an elephant, but not a fly.
[Worry]
 

It iz a darned sight eazier tew find six men who kan tell exactly how a thing ought tew be did than tew find one who will do it.
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It may be risky to marry for love, but it's so honest that the Lord just has to smile on it.
 

It's not only the most difficult thing to know one's self, but the most inconvenient.
 

Knowledge is like money: the more he gets, the more he craves.
 

Laughing is the sensation of feeling good all over and showing it principally in one spot.
 

Learning sleeps and snores in libraries, but wisdom is everywhere, wide awake, on tiptoe.
[Learning]
 

Life consists not in holding good cards but in playing those you hold well.
[Events]
 

Life is a grindstone, and whether it grinds a man down or polishes him up depends on what he is made of.
[Life]
 

Life is short, but it's long enough to ruin any man who wants to be ruined.
 

Love haz a most vorashus appetight, but a poor digestion, what it feeds on most alwus distresses it. Prudes, are coquets, gone to seed. It iz our duty tew pray for them who revile and persekute us, but i dont kno az we are obliged tew let them kno it.
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Love is like the measles; we can't have it bad but once, and the later in life we have it the tougher it goes with us.
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Love is said to be blind, but I know some fellows in love who can see twice as much in their sweethearts as I do.
 

Love looks through a telescope; envy, through a microscope.
[Life]
 

Man is my brother, and I am nearer related to him through his vices than I am through his virtue.
 

Man was created a little lower than the angels, and has been getting lower ever since.
 


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