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"The most winning woman I ever knew was hanged for poisoning three little children for their insurance-money, and the most repellent man of my acquaintance is a philanthropist who has spent nearly a quarter of a million upon the London poor."

"The most threatened group in human societies as in animal societies is the unmated male: the unmated male is more likely to wind up in prison or in an asylum or dead than his mated counterpart. He is less likely to be promoted at work and he is considered a poor credit risk."

"Fertilizer does no good in a heap, but a little spread around works miracles all over."

"There is not a passion so strongly rooted in the human heart as envy."

"He is the very pineapple of politeness!"

"Remember that when you meet your antagonist, to do everything in a mild agreeable manner. Let your courage be keen, but, at the same time, as polished as your sword."

"That old man dies prematurely whose memory records no benefits conferred. They only have lived long who have lived virtuously."

"Conscience has no more to do with gallantry than it has with politics."

"My valor is certainly going, it is sneaking off! I feel it oozing out as it were, at the palms of my hands!"

"You know it is not my interest to pay the principal, or my principal to pay the interest."

"The surest way to fail is not to determine to succeed."

"An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance!"

"Pity those who nature abuses; never those who abuse nature."

"Ay, ay, the best terms will grow obsolete: damns have had their day."

"Those that vow the most are the least sincere."

"I open with a clock striking, to beget an awful attention in the audience - it also marks the time, which is four o clock in the morning, and saves a description of the rising sun, and a great deal about gilding the eastern hemisphere."

"There is nothing on earth so easy as to forget, if a person chooses to set about it. I'm sure I have as much forgot your poor, dear uncle, as if he had never existed; and I thought it my duty to do so."

"Easy writings curse is hard reading."

"You shall see them on a beautiful quarto page where a neat rivulet of text shall meander through a meadow of margin."

"Won't you come into the garden? I would like my roses to see you."

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