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"We have to live today by what truth we can get today and be ready tomorrow to call it falsehood."

"How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive of all they do, and of all they are willing to endure."

"The world we see that seems so insane is the result of a belief system that is not working. To perceive the world differently, we must be willing to change our belief system, let the past slip away, expand our sense of now, and dissolve the fear in our minds."

"Human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind."

"If you want a quality, act as if you already had it."

"There is only one thing a philosopher can be relied upon to do, and that is to contradict other philosophers."

"A chain is no stronger than its weakest link, and life is after all a chain."

"The hell to be endured hereafter, of which theology tells, is no worse than the hell we make for ourselves in this world by habitually fashioned our characters in the wrong way."

"The best argument I know for an immortal life is the existence of a man who deserves one."

"As there is no worse lie than a truth misunderstood by those who hear it, so reasonable arguments, challenges to magnanimity, and appeals to sympathy or justice, are folly when we are dealing with human crocodiles and boa-constrictors."

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