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Burke said there were Three Estates in Parliament; but, in the Reporters' gallery yonder, there sat a Fourth Estate more important far than they all.
[Journalism]
 

Can there be a more horrible object in existence than an eloquent man not speaking the truth?
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Cant is itself properly a double-distilled lie, the materia prima of the devil, from which all falsehoods, imbecilities, and abominations body themselves, and from which no true thing can come.
 

Chancery, and certain other law courts, seem nothing; yet, in fact, they are, the worst of them, something: chimneys for the deviltry and contention of men to escape by.
[Law]
 

Clever men are good, but they are not the best.
 

Conviction never so excellent, is worthless until it coverts itself into conduct.
 

Culture is the process by which a person becomes all that they were created capable of being.
 

Custom doth make dotards of us all.
 

Debt is a bottomless sea.
[Borrowing]
 

Democracy is, by the nature of it, a self-canceling business; and it gives in the long run a net result of zero.
 

Democracy will itself accomplish the salutary universal change from the delusive to the real, and make a new blessed world of us bye and bye.
[Democracy]
 

Do the duty which lieth nearest to thee! Thy second duty will already have become clearer.
[Duty]
 

Doubt, of whatever kind, can be ended by action alone.
[Action]
 

Egotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.
 

Endurance is patience concentrated.
 

Enjoy things which are pleasant; that is not the evil: it is the reducing of our moral self to slavery by them that is.
 

Eternity looks grander and kinder if time grows meaner and more hostile.
 

Even in the meanest sorts of Labor, the whole soul of a man is composed into a kind of real harmony the instant he sets himself to work.
 

Every day that is born into the world comes like a burst of music and rings the whole day through, and you make of it a dance, a dirge, or a life march, as you will.
 

Every new opinion, at its starting, is precisely in a minority of one
 


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