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A stiff apology is a second insult. The injured party does not want to be compensated because he has been wronged; he wants to be healed because he has been hurt.

    Topics: Humility, Healing, Hurt

Self-denial is the test and definition of self-government.

    Topics: Humility, Self-denial

With any recovery from morbidity there must go a certain healthy humiliation.

    Topics: Humility

What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.

    Topics: Humility, Modesty

Lying in bed would be an altogether perfect and supreme experience if only one had a colored pencil long enough to draw on the ceiling.

    Topics: Humorous, Laziness

Man is an exception, whatever else he is. If he is not the image of God, then he is a disease of the dust. If it is not true that a divine being fell, then we can only say that one of the animals went entirely off its head.

    Topics: Humorous, Life

Music with dinner is an insult both to the cook and the violinist.

    Topics: Humorous, Music

Never invoke the gods unless you really want them to appear. It annoys them very much.

    Topics: Humorous

The only way of catching a train I have ever discovered is to miss the train before.

    Topics: Humorous

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

    Topics: Humorous

Science in the modern world has many uses; its chief use, however, is to provide long words to cover the errors of the rich.

    Topics: Hypocrisy

Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance.

    Topics: Ignorance

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