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A banker is a fellow who lends you his umbrella when the sun is shining, but wants it back the minute it begins to rain.
A classic is something that everybody wants to have read and nobody wants to read.
By trying we can easily endure adversity. Another man's, I mean.
Cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life.
I didn't have time to write a short letter, so I wrote a long one instead.
I have never let my schooling interefere with my education.
If you pick up a starving dog and make him prosperous, he will not bite you; that is the principal difference between a dog and a man.
If you tell the truth you don't have to remember anything.
In India, "cold weather" is merely a conventional phrase and has come into use through the necessity of having some way to distinguish between weather which will melt a brass door-knob and weather which will only make it mushy.
It is a good idea to obey all the rules when you are young just so you'll have the strength to break them when youre old.
It is better to deserve honors and not have them than to have them and not deserve them.
Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you too, can become great.
Kindness is a language which the deaf ear can hear and the blind can see.
Only presidents, editors and people with tapeworm have the right to use the editorial 'we'.
The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
We have not the reverent feeling for the rainbow that a savage has, because we know how it is made. We have lost as much as we gained by prying into that matter.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
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