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Humility is truth.

    Topics: Humility

Women, can't live with them, can't live without them.

    Topics: Humorous, Women

By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.

    Topics: Jesus, Restoration

Length of life should be measured not by the number of years but by the number of right actions.

    Topics: Kindness, Service

If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen.

    Topics: Laziness

Human affairs are so obscure and various that nothing can be clearly known.

    Topics: Life

No one is to be despaired of as long as he breathes. (While there is life there is hope.)

    Topics: Life

A good portion of speaking will consist in knowing how to lie.

    Topics: Lying

I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.

    Topics: Philosophy

In the country of the blind the one eyed man is king.

    Topics: Philosophy

Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't -it's human.

    Topics: Philosophy, Life, Deception

Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.

    Topics: Reasoning, Adversity

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