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To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you that you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.

To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying Amen to what the world tells you that you ought to prefer is to have kept your soul alive.


         


Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.

Everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.


         

Vanity dies hard, in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.

Vanity dies hard, in some obstinate cases it outlives the man.


         


Extreme busyness whether at school or college kirk or market is a symptom of deficient vitality and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.

Extreme busyness whether at school or college kirk or market is a symptom of deficient vitality and a faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.


         

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.

Our business in life is not to succeed, but to continue to fail in good spirits.


         

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.

For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move.


         

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!

Fifteen men on the Dead Man's Chest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum! Drink and the devil had done for the rest Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!


         

I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.

I never weary of great churches. It is my favourite kind of mountain scenery. Mankind was never so happily inspired as when it made a cathedral.


         

To My MotherYou too, my mother, read my rhymesFor love of unforgotten times, And you may chance to hear once moreThe little feet along the floor.

To My MotherYou too, my mother, read my rhymesFor love of unforgotten times, And you may chance to hear once moreThe little feet along the floor.


         

There is no duty so much underrated as the duty of being happy.

There is no duty so much underrated as the duty of being happy.


         


There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.

There is no progress whatever. Everything is just the same as it was thousands, and tens of thousands, of years ago. The outward form changes. The essence does not change.


         

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.

Compromise is the best and cheapest lawyer.


         

Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie.

Under the wide and starry sky Dig the grave and let me lie.


         

Well! marriage is like death, it comes to all.

Well! marriage is like death, it comes to all.


         

The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.

The world is so full of a number of things I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings.


         

No, sir. I make it a rule of mine: The more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask.

No, sir. I make it a rule of mine: The more it looks like Queer Street, the less I ask.


         

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.

In marriage, a man becomes slack and selfish, and undergoes a fatty degeneration of his moral being.


         

If a man loves the labour of his trade apart from any question of success or fame the gods have called him.

If a man loves the labour of his trade apart from any question of success or fame the gods have called him.


         

To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall.

To avoid an occasion for our virtues is a worse degree of failure than to push forward pluckily and make a fall.