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In Boston he met a pretty lady, fat and forty, but beautiful with the bloom of cash and collateral.
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Your talk," I said, "is surely the handiwork of wisdom because not one word of it do I understand.

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When a man sleeps, he is steeped and lost in a limp toneless happiness: awake he is restless, tortured by his body and the illusion of existence. Why have men spent the centuries seeking to overcome the awakened body? Put it to sleep, that is a better way. Let it serve only to turn the sleeping soul over, to change the blood-stream and thus make possible a deeper and more refined sleep.

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Moderation, we find, is an extremely difficult thing to get in this country.

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A wise old owl once lived in a wood, the more he heard the less he said, the less he said the more he heard, let's emulate that wise old bird.

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What you think is the point is not the point at all but only the beginning of the sharpness.

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When things go wrong and will not come right,
Though you do the best you can,
When life looks black as the hour of night,
A PINT OF PLAIN IS YOUR ONLY MAN.

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Put a thief among honest men and they will eventually relieve him of his watch.

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After a time," said old Mathers disregarding me, "I mercifully perceived the errors of my ways and the unhappy destination I would reach unless I mended them. I retired from the world in order to try to comprehend it and to find out why it becomes more unsavoury as the years accumulate on a man's body. What do you think I discovered at the end of my meditations?"
I felt pleased again. He was now questioning me.
"What?"
"That No is a better word than Yes," he replied.

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Questions are like the knocks of beggarmen, and should not be minded.

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Is it about a bicycle?

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In Boston he met a pretty lady, fat and forty, but beautiful with the bloom of cash and collateral.

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With these words there came the rending scream of a shattered stirk and an angry troubling of the branches as the poor madman percolated through the sieve of a sharp yew, a wailing black meteor hurtling through green clouds, a human prickles.

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