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"Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own."

"May you live every day of your life."
Life

"The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires, is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes."

"Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

"For in reason, all government without the consent of the governed is the very definition of slavery."
Government

"A man should never be ashamed to own that he has been in the wrong, which is but saying... that he is wiser today than yesterday."

"We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another."
Religion

"As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense."

"So weak thou art that fools thy power despise; And yet so strong, thou triumph'st o'er the wise."

"Words are but wind; and learning is nothing but words; ergo, learning is nothing but wind."

"Under this window in stormy weather I marry this man and woman together; Let none but Him who rules the thunder Put this man and woman asunder."

"I've always believed no matter how many shots I miss, I'm going to make the next one."

"No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience."

"Where there are large powers with little ambition... nature may be said to have fallen short of her purposes."

"There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails."

"Vision is the art of seeing what is invisible to others."
Art

"Nothing is so hard for those who abound in riches as to conceive how others can be in want."

"A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart."

"Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent."

"Books, the children of the brain."

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