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Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.

Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop.


         

A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.

A society made up of individuals who were all capable of original thought would probably be unendurable.


         


One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.

One may no more live in the world without picking up the moral prejudices of the world than one will be able to go to hell without perspiring.


         

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.

Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.


         


The only really happy folk are married women and single men.

The only really happy folk are married women and single men.


         

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.

Whenever a husband and wife begin to discuss their marriage they are giving evidence at a coroner's inquest.


         

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.

It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place.


         

I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.

I hate all sports as rabidly as a person who likes sports hates common sense.


         

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.

Communism, like any other revealed religion, is largely made up of prophecies.


         

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.

God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.


         

'Tis more blessed to give than to receive for example wedding presents.

'Tis more blessed to give than to receive for example wedding presents.


         


What men value in the world is not rights but privileges.

What men value in the world is not rights but privileges.


         

Men are the only animals that devote themselves day in and day out to making one another unhappy.

Men are the only animals that devote themselves day in and day out to making one another unhappy.


         

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy but that it is a bore.

The basic fact about human existence is not that it is a tragedy but that it is a bore.


         

Unionism seldom if ever uses such powers as it has to ensure better work almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.

Unionism seldom if ever uses such powers as it has to ensure better work almost always it devotes a large part of that power to safeguarding bad work.


         

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.

Honor is simply the morality of superior men.


         

Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.

Women always excel men in that sort of wisdom which comes from experience. To be a woman is in itself a terrible experience.


         

One of the most mawkish of human delusions is the notion that friendship should be eternal, or, at all events, life-long, and that any act which puts a term to it is somehow discreditable.

One of the most mawkish of human delusions is the notion that friendship should be eternal, or, at all events, life-long, and that any act which puts a term to it is somehow discreditable.


         

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.

The worst government is often the most moral. One composed of cynics is often very tolerant and humane. But when fanatics are on top there is no limit to oppression.


         

If after I depart this vale you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.

If after I depart this vale you ever remember me and have thought to please my ghost forgive some sinner and wink your eye at some homely girl.