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People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.

People who make history know nothing about history. You can see that in the sort of history they make.


         
Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.

Brave men are all vertebrates they have their softness on the surface and their toughness in the middle.


         
When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?

When we were children we were grateful to those who filled our stockings at Christmas time. Why are we not grateful to God for filling our stockings with legs?


         
Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.

Without education we are in a horrible and deadly danger of taking educated people seriously.


         
Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.


         
A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.

A teacher who is not dogmatic is simply a teacher who is not teaching.


         
Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.

Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.


         
True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.

True contentment is a thing as active as agriculture. It is the power of getting out of any situation all that there is in it. It is arduous and it is rare.


         
The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.


         
A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.


         
The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.

The purpose of Compulsory Education is to deprive the common people of their commonsense.


         
Half a truth is better than no politics.

Half a truth is better than no politics.


         
In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.


         
Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.

Marriage is an adventure, like going to war.


         
The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.

The whole object of travel is not to set foot on foreign land it is at last to set foot on one's own country as a foreign land.


         
'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'

'My country, right or wrong' is a thing no patriot would ever think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying 'My mother, drunk or sober.'


         
Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.

Women prefer to talk in twos, while men prefer to talk in threes.


         
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.


         
I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.

I would maintain that thanks are the highest form of thought, and that gratitude is happiness doubled by wonder.


         
The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.

The word 'good' has many meanings. For example, if a man were to shoot his grandmother at a range of five hundred yards, I should call him a good shot, but not necessarily a good man.