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There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.

There is no friend like an old friend who has shared our morning days, no greeting like his welcome, no homage like his praise.


         

I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.

I hate facts. I always say the chief end of man is to form general propositions - adding that no general proposition is worth a damn.


         


A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.


         

The Amen of nature is always a flower.

The Amen of nature is always a flower.


         


Love prefers twilight to daylight.

Love prefers twilight to daylight.


         

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.

It is the province of knowledge to speak, and it is the privilege of wisdom to listen.


         

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.

Sweet is the scene where genial friendship plays the pleasing game of interchanging praise.


         

Men do not quit playing because they grow old they grow old because they quit playing.

Men do not quit playing because they grow old they grow old because they quit playing.


         

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.

Where we love is home - home that our feet may leave, but not our hearts.


         

Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.

Every library should try to be complete on something, if it were only the history of pinheads.


         

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.

The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.


         


Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.

Love is the master key that opens the gates of happiness, of hatred, of jealousy, and, most easily of all, the gate of fear.


         

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.

Many people die with their music still in them. Why is this so? Too often it is because they are always getting ready to live. Before they know it, time runs out.


         

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.

But friendship is the breathing rose, with sweets in every fold.


         

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.

Wisdom is the abstract of the past, but beauty is the promise of the future.


         

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.

Memories, imagination, old sentiments, and associations are more readily reached through the sense of smell than through any other channel.


         

Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.

Truth, when not sought after, rarely comes to light.


         

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.

Put not your trust in money, but put your money in trust.


         

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.

The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.


         

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.

Without wearing any mask we are conscious of, we have a special face for each friend.