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It has been said that though God cannot alter the past historians can - it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
Neither have they hearts to stay Nor wit enough to run away.
People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted and at seeing it practised.
Human life is as evanescent as the morning dew or a flash of lightning.
God cannot alter the past, though historians can.
People care more about being thought to have good taste than about being thought either good clever or amiable.
In law, nothing is certain but the expense.
Man unlike the animal has never learned that the sole purpose of life is to enjoy it.
Let us eat and drink neither forgetting death unduly nor remembering it. The Lord hath mercy on whom he will have mercy, etc., and the less we think about it the better.
The public do not know enough to be experts yet know enough to decide between them.
Any fool can tell the truth but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule. Nevertheless one had better know the rules, for they sometimes guide in doubtful cases, though not often.
All philosophies if you ride them home are nonsense but some are greater nonsense than others.
One of the first businesses of a sensible man is to know when he is beaten and to leave off fighting at once.
All progress is based upon a universal innate desire on the part of every organism to live beyond its income.
If life must not be taken too seriously - then so neither must death.
Fear is static that prevents me from hearing myself.
A physician's physiology has much the same relation to his power of healing as a cleric's divinity has to his power of influencing conduct.
Prayers are to men as dolls are to children.
The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
To live is like to love: all reason is against it and all healthy instinct is for it.
A sense of humor keen enough to show a man his own absurdities will keep him from the commission of all sins, or nearly all, save those worth committing.
It is the function of vice to keep virtue within reasonable grounds.
The seven deadly sins: Want of money, bad health, bad temper, chastity, family ties, knowing that you know things, and believing in the Christian religion.
Vaccination is the medical sacrament corresponding to baptism. Whether it is or is not more efficacious I do not know.
The Bible may be the truth, but it is not the whole truth and nothing but the truth.
The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you but he will make a fool of himself too.
If people who are in a difficulty will only do the first little reasonable thing which they can clearly recognize as reasonable, they will always find the next step more easy both to see and take.
All animals except man know that the ultimate of life is to enjoy it.
A definition is the enclosing a wilderness of idea within a wall of words.
Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits.
Mr. Tennyson has said that more things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of, but he wisely refrains from saying whether they are good or bad things.
No matter how ill we may be nor how low we may have fallen we should not change identity with any other person.
The history of art is the history of revivals.
The great pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him and not only will he not scold you but he will make a fool of himself too.
I have never written on any subject unless I believed that the authorities on it were hopelessly wrong.
What runs through a person like water through a sieve.
Let us be grateful to the mirror for revealing to us our appearance only.
Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them.
An apology for the Devil - it must be remembered that we have only heard one side of the case. God has written all the books.
Life is the art of drawing sufficient conclusions from insufficient premises.
It has been said that although God cannot alter the past, historians can --it is perhaps because they can be useful to Him in this respect that He tolerates their existence.
We grow weary of those things (and perhaps soonest) which we most desire.
All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it.
Oaths are but words, and words are but wind.
Faith is a kind of betting or speculation.
Our self-conceit sustains and always must sustain us.
Sensible people get the greater part of their own dying done during their own lifetime
The best liar is he who makes the smallest amount of lying go the longest way.