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The laws that Charondas gave to Catana ... A man might divorce his wife, or a wife her husband, said Charondas, but then he or she must not marry anyone younger than the divorced mate.
 

The love we have in our youth is superficial compared to the love that an old man has for his old wife.
 

The most interesting thing in the world is another human being who wonders, suffers and raises the questions that have bothered him to the last day of his life, knowing he will never get the answers.
 

The political machine triumphs because it is a united minority acting against a divided majority.
 

The trouble with most people is that they think with their hopes or fears or wishes rather than with their minds.
[Acceptance]
 

There have been only 268 of the past 3,421 years free of war.
 

There is nothing in socialism that a little age or a little money will not cure.
 

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory.
[Parenthood]
 

To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy.
[Diplomacy]
 

To speak ill of others is a dishonest way of praising ourselves. Nothing is often a good thing to say, and always a clever thing to say.
 

Truth always originates in a minority of one, and every custom begins as a broken precedent.
 

Ultimately, our troubles are due to dogma and deduction; we find no new truth because we take some venerable but questionable proposition as the indubitable starting point, and never think of putting this assumption itself to a test of observation or experiment.
[Truth]
 

We Americans are the best informed people on earth as to the events of the last twenty-four hours; we are the not the best informed as the events of the last sixty centuries.
 

We are living in the excesses of freedom. Just take a look at 42nd Street an Broadway.
 

When liberty becomes license, dictatorship is near.
 

When liberty destroys order, the hunger for order will destroy liberty.
 

Woe to him who teaches men faster than they can learn.
 


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