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

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

"In my youth I stressed freedom, and in my old age I stress order. I have made the great discovery that liberty is a product of order."

"When people ask me to compare the 20th century to older civilizations, I always say the same thing: "The situation is normal.""

"The ego is willing but the machine cannot go on. It's the last thing a man will admit, that his mind ages."

"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."

"To say nothing, especially when speaking, is half the art of diplomacy."

"Knowledge is the eye of desire and can become the pilot of the soul."

"Education is the transmission of civilization."

"Drunkenness was in good repute in England till "Bloody Mary" frowned upon it; it remained popular in Germany. The French drank more stably, not being quite so cold."

"If man asks for many laws it is only because he is sure that his neighbor needs them; privately he is an unphilosophical anarchist, and thinks laws in his own case superfluous."

"One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and always a clever thing to say."

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

"Inquiry is fatal to certainty."

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

"Nature has never read the Declaration of Independence. It continues to make us unequal."

"The family is the nucleus of civilization."

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

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

"Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance."

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