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Habit is habit, and not to be flung out the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time.

-- Mark Twain (1835-1910) American writer [pseud. of Samuel Clemens]
Pudd’nhead Wilson, ch. 6, Epigraph “Pudd’nhead Wilson’s Calendar” (1894)


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Books serve to show a man that those original thoughts of his aren’t very new after all.

-- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) American lawyer, politician, US President (1861-65)
(Attributed)


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“I hope that you did not give him anything, Mr Sanderson!”

“Of course I did, ma’am.”

“But he would only spend it on drink! You know what the working classes are!”

“Indeed, ma’am, and why should he not spend it on drink? Would you deprive the poor, whose lives are bad and miserable and comfortless enough, of the solace of a little relief from grinding poverty? A sordid, sodden relief perhaps, but would you be so heartless as to deny the poor even that pleasure in which all of us indulge at your generous expense?”

-- Kerry Greenwood (b. 1954) Australian author and lawyer
Cocaine Blues (1989)

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He that gives should never remember. He that receives should never forget.

-- The Talmud (AD 200-500) Collection of Jewish rabbinical writings
(Attributed)


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The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god.

-- Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) German philosopher and poet
Beyond Good and Evil, ch. 4 “Apophthegms and Interludes,” #141 (1886) 

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A wise man weaves a philosophy out of each acceptance life forces upon him.

-- Elizabeth Bibesco (1897-1945) Romanian-English writer
Haven (1951) 

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“You ever fuck Susan here?” she said, her face almost touching mine.

“I’m impressed,” I said. “The question is intrusive, annoying, coarse, and voyeuristic. That’s quite a lot to get into a simple question.”

-- Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) American writer
Hush Money (1999) 

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The Right Hon. was a tubby little chap who looked as if he had been poured into his clothes and had forgotten to say “When!”

-- P. G. Wodehouse (1881-1975) Anglo-American humorist, playwright and lyricist [Pelham Grenville Wodehouse]
Very Good, Jeeves (1930)


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KATE: One’s religion is whatever he is most interested in, and yours is — Success.

HARRY: Ambition — it is the last infirmity of noble minds.

-- James Barrie (1860-1937) Scottish novelist and dramatist
The Twelve-Pound Look (1910)


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Just as every conviction begins as a whim so does every emancipator serve his apprenticeship as a crank. A fanatic is a great leader who is just entering the room.

-- Heywood Broun (1888-1939) American journalist, author
New York World (6 Feb 1928) 
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