Benjamin Quotes

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Go to heaven for the climate and hell for the company.
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Benjamin Franklin Wade
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Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do.
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Benjamin Spock
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There are three types of lies -- lies, damn lies, and statistics.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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Benjamin Franklin (Memoirs of the life & writings of Benjamin Franklin)
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Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I bet you could sometimes find all the mysteries of the universe in someone's hand.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Words were different when they lived inside of you.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I got to thinking that poems were like people. Some people you got right off the bat. Some people you just didn't get--and never would get.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Another secret of the universe: Sometimes pain was like a storm that came out of nowhere. The clearest summer could end in a downpour. Could end in lightning and thunder.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The summer sun was not meant for boys like me. Boys like me belonged to the rain.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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He that can have patience can have what he will.
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Benjamin Franklin
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To be careful with people and with words was a rare and beautiful thing.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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You may delay, but time will not.
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Benjamin Franklin
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A Penny Saved is a Penny Earned
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Benjamin Franklin
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Many people die at twenty five and aren't buried until they are seventy five.
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Benjamin Franklin
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In wine there is wisdom, in beer there is Freedom, in water there is bacteria.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Never ruin an apology with an excuse.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Maybe we just lived between hurting and healing.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are.
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Benjamin Franklin
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We all fight our own private wars.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Fear not death for the sooner we die, the longer we shall be immortal.
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Benjamin Franklin
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But love was always something heavy for me. Something I had to carry.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I didn't fail the test, I just found 100 ways to do it wrong.
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Benjamin Franklin
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For what it’s worth: it’s never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There’s no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the courage to start all over again.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I hated being volunteered. The problem with my life was that it was someone else's idea.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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And it seemed to me that Dante's face was a map of the world. A world without any darkness. Wow, a world without darkness. How beautiful was that?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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How could I have ever been ashamed of loving Dante Quintana?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy. [misquote of a letter about wine, see quotes/831031]
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Benjamin Franklin
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How many observe Christ's birthday! How few, His precepts!
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Benjamin Franklin
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I had a feeling there was something wrong with me. I guess I was a mystery even to myself.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Being ignorant is not so much a shame, as being unwilling to learn.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Hide not your talents, they for use were made, What's a sundial in the shade?
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Benjamin Franklin
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Well done is better than well said.
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Benjamin Franklin
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An investment in knowledge always pays the best interest.
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Benjamin Franklin (The Way to Wealth: Ben Franklin on Money and Success)
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It is the first responsibility of every citizen to question authority.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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Lost Time is never found again.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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Sometimes, you do things and you do them not because you're thinking but because you're feeling. Because you're feeling too much. And you can't always control the things you do when you're feeling too much.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Your smile is back.' That's what Dante said. 'Smiles are like that. They come and go.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Do you really want to be happy? You can begin by being appreciative of who you are and what you've got.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I wondered what that was like, to hold someone’s hand. I bet you could sometimes find all of the mysteries of the universe in someone’s hand.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I renamed myself Ari. If I switched the letter, my name was Air. I thought it might be a great thing to be the air. I could be something and nothing at the same time. I could be necessary and also invisible. Everyone would need me and no one would be able to see me.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.
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Benjamin Franklin
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The Constitution only guarantees the American people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.
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Benjamin Franklin
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You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.
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Benjamin Mee (We Bought a Zoo)
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I had a rule that it was better to be bored by yourself than to be bored with someone else. I pretty much lived by that rule. Maybe that's why I didn't have any friends.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Everyone was always becoming someone else.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I don't always have to understand the people I love.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Scars. A sign that you had been hurt. A sign that you had healed.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I have always felt terrible inside. The reasons for this keep changing.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Remember not only to say the right thing in the right place, but far more difficult still, to leave unsaid the wrong thing at the tempting moment.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Why do we smile? Why do we laugh? Why do we feel alone? Why are we sad and confused? Why do we read poetry? Why do we cry when we see a painting? Why is there a riot in the heart when we love? Why do we feel shame? What is that thing in the pit of your stomach called desire?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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History is written by the victors.
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Walter Benjamin
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Sometimes, all you have to do is tell people the truth. They won't believe you. After that, they'll leave you alone.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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This is my problem. I want other people to tell me how they feel. But I'm not so sure I want to return the favor.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Time is precious, but truth is more precious than time.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Tis a great confidence in a friend to tell him your faults; greater to tell him his.
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Benjamin Franklin
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It was good to laugh. I wanted to laugh and laugh and laugh until I laughed myself into becoming someone else.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The person who deserves most pity is a lonesome one on a rainy day who doesn't know how to read.
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Benjamin Franklin
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The only way of knowing a person is to love them without hope.
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Walter Benjamin
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Dost thou love life? Then do not squander time, for that's the stuff life is made of.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I hope you live a life you’re proud of. If you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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I had learned to hide what I felt. No, that's not true. There was no learning involved. I had been born knowing how to hide what I felt.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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There are worse things in the world than a boy who likes to kiss other boys.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I wondered if my smile was as big as hers. Maybe as big. But not as beautiful.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Benjamin, we’re meant to lose the people we love. How else would we know how important they are to us?
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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Never confuse Motion with Action.
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Benjamin Franklin (Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin)
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It’s a funny thing coming home. Nothing changes. Everything looks the same, feels the same, even smells the same. You realize what’s changed, is you.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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The heart can get really cold if all you've known is winter.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Last Night I Sang to the Monster)
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He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I love swimming" "I know," I said. "I love swimming," he said again. He was quiet for a little while. And then he said, "I love swimmingβ€”and you." I didn't say anything. "Swimming and you, Ari. Those are the things I love the most.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard - one that thinks too much.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I wanted to tell them that I'd never had a friend, not ever, not a real one. Until Dante. I wanted to tell them that I never knew that people like Dante existed in the world, people who looked at the stars, and knew the mysteries of water, and knew enough to know that birds belonged to the heavens and weren't meant to be shot down from their graceful flights by mean and stupid boys. I wanted to tell them that he had changed my life and that I would never be the same, not ever. And that somehow it felt like it was Dante who had saved my life and not the other way around. I wanted to tell them that he was the first human being aside from my mother who had ever made me want to talk about the things that scared me. I wanted to tell them so many things and yet I didn't have the words. So I just stupidly repeated myself. "Dante's my friend.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Whatever is begun in anger, ends in shame.
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Benjamin Franklin
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The main problem with this great obsession for saving time is very simple: you can't save time. You can only spend it. But you can spend it wisely or foolishly.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight.
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Benjamin Franklin
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When men are pure, laws are useless; when men are corrupt, laws are broken.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech.
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Benjamin Franklin (Silence Dogood / The Busy-Body / Early Writings)
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The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write about it.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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I am for doing good to the poor, but...I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it. I observed...that the more public provisions were made for the poor, the less they provided for themselves, and of course became poorer. And, on the contrary, the less was done for them, the more they did for themselves, and became richer.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.
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Benjamin Franklin
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The greatest good you can do for another is not just share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Love your Enemies, for they tell you your Faults.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.
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Benjamin Franklin
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A member of Parliament to Disraeli: 'Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease.' That depends, Sir,' said Disraeli, 'whether I embrace your policies or your mistress.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.
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Benjamin Franklin
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When you are finished changing, you're finished.
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Benjamin Franklin
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One of the secrets of the universe was that our instincts were sometimes stronger than our minds.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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To find out a girl's faults, praise her to her girlfriends.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I need to stop fantasizing about running away to some other life and start figuring out the one I have.
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Holly Black (The Darkest Part of the Forest)
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Do you think it will always be this way?” β€œWhat?” β€œI mean, when do we start feeling like the world belongs to us?” I wanted to tell him that the world would never belong to us. β€œI don't know,” I said. β€œTomorrow.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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All is mystery; but he is a slave who will not struggle to penetrate the dark veil.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Maybe tears were something you caught. Like the flu.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!
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Benjamin Franklin
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A slip of the foot you may soon recover, but a slip of the tongue you may never get over.
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Benjamin Franklin
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An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
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Benjamin Franklin
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I didn't understand how you could live in a mean world and not have any of that meanness rub off on you. How could a guy live without meanness?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Never apologize for showing feeling. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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...but in this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.
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Benjamin Franklin (The Private Correspondence of Benjamin Franklin, LL.D ...: Comprising a Series of Letters on Miscellaneous, Literary, and Political Subjects ...)
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Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away
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Benjamin Franklin
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I will teach you to love death. I will empty you of grief and guilt and self-pity and fill you up with hate and cunning and the spirit of vengeance. I will make my final stand here, Benjamin Thomas Parish.
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Rick Yancey (The 5th Wave (The 5th Wave, #1))
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Life biggest tragedy is that we get old too soon and wise too late
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Benjamin Franklin
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I wished it was raining," he said. "I don't need the rain," I said. "I need you.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Most people die with their music still locked up inside them.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Only old Benjamin professed to remember every detail of his long life and to know that things never had been, nor ever could be much better or much worse--hunger, hardship, and disappointment being, so he said, the unalterable law of life.
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George Orwell (Animal Farm)
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When the people find that they can vote themselves money that will herald the end of the republic.
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Benjamin Franklin
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You can be as mad as a mad dog at the way things went, you can curse the fates, but when it comes to the end, you have to let go.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But in practice, there is.
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Benjamin Brewster
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To lose yourself: a voluptuous surrender, lost in your arms, lost to the world, utterly immersed in what is present so that its surroundings fade away. In Benjamin’s terms, to be lost is to be fully present, and to be fully present is to be capable of being in uncertainty and mystery.
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Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost)
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If Jack's in love, he's no judge of Jill's beauty.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Happiness depends more on the inward disposition of mind than on outward circumstances.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Senior year. And then life. Maybe that's the way it worked. High school was just a prologue to the real novel. Everybody got to write you -- but when you graduated, you got to write yourself. At graduation you got to collect your teacher's pens and your parents' pens and you got your own pen. And you could do all the writing. Yeah. Wouldn't that be sweet?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Everyone expected something from me. Something I just couldn't give.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Keep your eyes wide open before marriage, half shut afterwards.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Things just happen in the right way, at the right time. At least when you let them, when you work with circumstances instead of saying, 'This isn't supposed to be happening this way,' and trying harder to make it happen some other way.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I decided that maybe we left each other alone too much. Leaving each other alone was killing us.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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If you would not be forgotten, as soon as you are dead and rotten, either write things worth reading, or do things worth writing.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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How much easier it is to be critical than to be correct.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Who is wise? He that learns from everyone. Who is powerful? He that governs his passions. Who is rich? He that is content. Who is that? Nobody.
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Benjamin Franklin
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You'd be surprised how many people violate this simple principle every day of their lives and try to fit square pegs into round holes, ignoring the clear reality that Things Are As They Are.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I knew that a part of him would never be the same. They cracked more than his ribs.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Be civil to all; sociable to many; familiar with few; friend to one; enemy to none.
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Benjamin Franklin
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If a man could have half of his wishes, he would double his troubles.
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Benjamin Franklin
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We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!
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Benjamin Franklin
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Writers are really people who write books not because they are poor, but because they are dissatisfied with the books which they could buy but do not like.
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Walter Benjamin (Illuminations: Essays and Reflections)
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There is no document of civilization that is not at the same time a document of barbarism.
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Walter Benjamin
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For the want of a nail the shoe was lost, For the want of a shoe the horse was lost, For the want of a horse the rider was lost, For the want of a rider the battle was lost, For the want of a battle the kingdom was lost, And all for the want of a horseshoe-nail.
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Benjamin Franklin
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He tried not to laugh, but he wasn't good at controlling all the laughter that lived inside of him.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I don't like remembering. Remembering makes me feel things. I don't like to feel things. I'm thinking I could spend the rest of my life becoming an expert at forgetting
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Last Night I Sang to the Monster)
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You should just sit them down and make them tell you. Make them be adults." "You can't make anyone be an adult. Especially an adult.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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While we may not be able to control all that happens to us, we can control what happens inside us.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Summer was here again. Summer, summer, summer. I loved and hated summers. Summers had a logic all their own and they always brought something out in me. Summer was supposed to be about freedom and youth and no school and possibilities and adventure and exploration. Summer was a book of hope. That's why I loved and hated summers. Because they made me want to believe.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The real glory is being knocked to your knees and then coming back. That's real glory. Thats the essence of it.
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Vince Lombardi Jr.
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Try it again," I said. "Kiss me." "No," he said. "Kiss me." "No," And then he smiled. "You kiss me." I placed my hand on the back of his neck. I pulled him toward me. And kissed him. I kissed him. And I kissed him. And I kissed him. And I kissed him. And he kept kissing me back.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Never leave till tomorrow that which you can do today.
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Benjamin Franklin
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It felt like there was a whole world living inside her. I didn't know anything about that world.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The problem with trying hard not to think about something was that you thought about it even more.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I didn't know what to do with that piece of information. So I just kept it inside. That's what I did with everything. Kept it inside.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Words could be like food - they felt like something in your mouth. They tasted like something.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Most people die at 25 and aren’t buried until they’re 75.
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Benjamin Franklin
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A house is not a home unless it contains food and fire for the mind as well as the body.
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Benjamin Franklin
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The way to see by faith is to shut the eye of reason.
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Benjamin Franklin (Poor Richard's Almanack)
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Rabbit's clever," said Pooh thoughtfully. "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit's clever." "And he has Brain." "Yes," said Piglet, "Rabbit has Brain." There was a long silence. "I suppose," said Pooh, "that that's why he never understands anything.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I didn’t think it was my job to accept what everyone said I was and who I should be.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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And why was it that some guys had tears in them and some had no tears at all? Different boys lived by different rules.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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It is a dull sensation, your heart breaking, like the sound of a pebble dropping on the sand. Not a shattering, not a tearing apart, there is nothing shrill or grandiose about the sensation. It is merely an internal realization that something treasured you never knew you had is leaving forever.
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Samantha Bruce-Benjamin (The Art of Devotion)
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Security without liberty is called prison.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Did anybody ever tell you that you weren't normal?' 'Is that something I should aspire to?
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Contentment makes poor men rich, Discontent makes rich men poor.
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Benjamin Franklin
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When is the right time for anything? Who knows? Living is an art, not a science.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (The Inexplicable Logic of My Life)
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What do you love, Ari? What do you really love?" "I love the desert. God, I love the desert." "It's so lonely." "Is it?" Dante didn't understand. I was unknowable.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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All mankind is divided into three classes: those that are immovable, those that are movable, and those that move.
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Benjamin Franklin
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When the well is dry, we know the worth of water.
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Benjamin Franklin
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My refusing to eat flesh occasioned an inconveniency, and I was frequently chided for my singularity, but, with this lighter repast, I made the greater progress, for greater clearness of head and quicker comprehension. Flesh eating is unprovoked murder.
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Benjamin Franklin
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There are worst things in life than kissing boys.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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You can't save time. You can only spend it, but you can spend it wisely or foolishly.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge
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Benjamin Disraeli
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Sir, I shall not defeat you - I shall transcend you.
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Benjamin Disraeli
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If people were superior to animals, they'd take good care of them," said Pooh.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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A clever mind is not a heart. Knowledge doesn't really care, wisdom does.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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Smiles are like that. They come and go.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Those things that hurt, instruct.
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Benjamin Franklin
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You never know what's coming for you.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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The only thing that is more expensive than education is ignorance.
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Benjamin Franklin
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Typically, I didn't know what to say so I didn't say anything.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I have this idea that the reason we have dreams is that we're thinking about things that we don't know we're thinking about-and those things, well, they sneak out of us in our dreams. Maybe we're like tires with too much air in them. The air has to leak out. That's what dreams are.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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For what it’s worth: it’s never too late to be whoever you want to be. I hope you live a life you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
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Eric Roth (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay)
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Sometimes you want things to change so badly, you can’t even stand to be in the same room with the way things actually are.
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Ali Benjamin (The Thing About Jellyfish)
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To be happy is to be able to become aware of oneself without fright.
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Walter Benjamin
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If we studied birds, maybe we could learn to be free.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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One summer night I fell asleep hoping the world would be different when I woke. In the morning, when I opened my eyes, the world was the same.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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Actually, I think it's the opposite. We know each other so well there isn't anything left to say. Sometimes it's nice just sitting here with you all, thinking. It's only best friends who can be comfortable with silence, wouldn't you say?
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Benjamin Wood (The Bellwether Revivals)
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Wisdom, Happiness, and Courage are not waiting somewhere out beyond sight at the end of a straight line; they're part of a continuous cycle that begins right here. They're not only the ending, but the beginning as well.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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All this time. This was what was wrong with me. All this time I had been trying to figure out the secrets of the universe, the secrets of my own body, of my own heart. All of the answers had always been so close and yet I'd always fought them without even knowing it. From the minute I'd met Dante, I had fallen in love with him. I just didn't let myself know it, think it, feel it. My father was right. And it was true what my mother said. We all fight our own private wars.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I was in love with the innocence of dogs, the purity of their affection. They didn't know enough to hide their feelings. They existed. A dog was a dog. There was such a simple elegance about being a dog that I envied.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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The best thing to give to your enemy is forgiveness; to an opponent, tolerance; to a friend, your heart; to your child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you; to yourself, respect; to all others, charity.
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Benjamin Franklin
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There are things about ourselves that we need to get rid of; there are things we need to change. But at the same time, we do not need to be too desperate, too ruthless, too combative. Along the way to usefulness and happiness, many of those things will change themselves, and the others can be worked on as we go. The first thing we need to do is recognize and trust our own Inner Nature, and not lose sight of it.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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Were I a Roman Catholic, perhaps I should on this occasion vow to build a chapel to some saint, but as I am not, if I were to vow at all, it should be to build a light-house. [Letter to his wife, 17 July 1757, after narrowly avoiding a shipwreck; often misquoted as "Lighthouses are more helpful than churches."]
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Benjamin Franklin (Memoirs of the Life and Writings of Benjamin Franklin Volume 2)
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Words exist only in theory. And then one ordinary day you run into a word that exists only in theory. And you meet it face to face. And then that word becomes someone you know. That word becomes someone you hate. And you take that word with you wherever you go. And you can't pretend it isn't there.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (The Inexplicable Logic of My Life)
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We don't need to shift our responsibilities onto the shoulders of some deified Spiritual Superman, or sit around and wait for Fate to come knocking at the door. We simply need to believe in the power that's within us, and use it. When we do that, and stop imitating others and competing against them, things begin to work for us.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I lived in pain because I chose to live in pain. Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with the idea of tragedy, the idea that I was destined to live a tragic life. I had this romantic idea about the life of a writer and what he was supposed to suffer. [...:] Somehow I made my own pain a kind of god.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Last Night I Sang to the Monster)
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How can you get very far, If you don't know who you are? How can you do what you ought, If you don't know what you've got? And if you don't know which to do Of all the things in front of you, Then what you'll have when you are through Is just a mess without a clue Of all the best that can come true If you know What and Which and Who.
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Benjamin Hoff (The Tao of Pooh)
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I didn't care because what mattered is that Dante's voice felt real. And I felt real. Until Dante, being with other people was the hardest thing in the world for me. But Dante made talking and living and feeling seem like all those things were perfectly natural. Not in my world, they weren't.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe (Aristotle and Dante, #1))
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I love going out of my way, beyond what I know, and finding my way back a few extra miles, by another trail, with a compass that argues with the map…nights alone in motels in remote western towns where I know no one and no one I know knows where I am, nights with strange paintings and floral spreads and cable television that furnish a reprieve from my own biography, when in Benjamin’s terms, I have lost myself though I know where I am. Moments when I say to myself as feet or car clear a crest or round a bend, I have never seen this place before. Times when some architectural detail on vista that has escaped me these many years says to me that I never did know where I was, even when I was home.
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Rebecca Solnit (A Field Guide to Getting Lost)
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I agree to this Constitution with all its faults, if they are such: because I think a General Government necessary for us, and there is no Form of Government but what may be a Blessing to the People if well-administred; and I believe farther that this is likely to be well administred for a Course of Years and can only end in Despotism as other Forms have done before it, when the People shall become so corrupted as to need Despotic Government, being incapable of any other.
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Benjamin Franklin
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For what it's worth: it's never too late or, in my case, too early to be whoever you want to be. There's no time limit, stop whenever you want. You can change or stay the same, there are no rules to this thing. We can make the best or the worst of it. I hope you make the best of it. And I hope you see things that startle you. I hope you feel things you never felt before. I hope you meet people with a different point of view. I hope you live a life you're proud of. If you find that you're not, I hope you have the strength to start all over again.
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Benjamin Button (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button)
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All my friends thought I was a very happy human being. Because that's how I acted- like a really happy human being. But all that pretending made me tired. If I acted the way I felt, then I doubt my friends would have really hung out with me. So the pretending wasn't all bad. The pretending made me less lonely. But in another was, it made me more lonely because I felt like a fraud. I've always felt like a fake human being.
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Benjamin Alire SΓ‘enz (Last Night I Sang to the Monster)
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If we look back into history for the character of present sects in Christianity, we shall find few that have not in their turns been persecutors, and complainers of persecution. The primitive Christians thought persecution extremely wrong in the Pagans, but practised it on one another. The first Protestants of the Church of England, blamed persecution in the Roman church, but practised it against the Puritans: these found it wrong in the Bishops, but fell into the same practice themselves both here and in New England. [Letter to the London Packet, 3 June 1772]
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Benjamin Franklin (The Life and Letters of Benjamin Franklin)
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They made a major mistake," he blurted out, "the dumb bastards, when they didn't start by killing you first." "Benjamin Thomas Parish, that was the sweetest and most bizarre compliment anyone's ever given me." I kissed him on the cheek. He kissed me on the mouth. "You know," I whispered, "a year ago, I would have sold my soul for that." He shook his head. "Not worth it." And, for one-ten thousandth of a second, all of it fell away, the despair and grief and anger and pain and hunger, and the old Ben Parish rose from the dead. The eyes that impaled. The smile that slayed. In another moment, he would fade, slide back into the new Ben, the one called Zombie, and I understood something I hadn't before: He was dead, the object of my schoolgirl desires, just as the schoolgirl who desired him was dead.
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Rick Yancey (The Infinite Sea (The 5th Wave, #2))
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A Klee painting named 'Angelus Novus' shows an angel looking as though he is about to move away from something he is fixedly contemplating. His eyes are staring, his mouth is open, his wings are spread. This is how one pictures the angel of history. His face is turned toward the past. Where we perceive a chain of events, he sees one single catastrophe which keeps piling wreckage upon wreckage and hurls it in front of his feet. The angel would like to stay, awaken the dead, and make whole what has been smashed. But a storm is blowing from Paradise; it has got caught in his wings with such violence that the angel can no longer close them. This storm irresistibly propels him into the future to which his back is turned, while the pile of debris before him grows skyward. This storm is what we call progress.
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Walter Benjamin
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In all your Amours you should prefer old Women to young ones. You call this a Paradox, and demand my Reasons. They are these: 1. Because as they have more Knowledge of the World and their Minds are better stor’d with Observations, their Conversation is more improving and more lastingly agreable. 2. Because when Women cease to be handsome, they study to be good. To maintain their Influence over Men, they supply the Diminution of Beauty by an Augmentation of Utility. They learn to do a 1000 Services small and great, and are the most tender and useful of all Friends when you are sick. Thus they continue amiable. And hence there is hardly such a thing to be found as an old Woman who is not a good Woman. 3. Because there is no hazard of Children, which irregularly produc’d may be attended with much Inconvenience. 4. Because thro’ more Experience, they are more prudent and discreet in conducting an Intrigue to prevent Suspicion. The Commerce with them is therefore safer with regard to your Reputation. And with regard to theirs, if the Affair should happen to be known, considerate People might be rather inclin’d to excuse an old Woman who would kindly take care of a young Man, form his Manners by her good Counsels, and prevent his ruining his Health and Fortune among mercenary Prostitutes. 5. Because in every Animal that walks upright, the Deficiency of the Fluids that fill the Muscles appears first in the highest Part: The Face first grows lank and wrinkled; then the Neck; then the Breast and Arms; the lower Parts continuing to the last as plump as ever: So that covering all above with a Basket, and regarding only what is below the Girdle, it is impossible of two Women to know an old from a young one. And as in the dark all Cats are grey, the Pleasure of corporal Enjoyment with an old Woman is at least equal, and frequently superior, every Knack being by Practice capable of Improvement. 6. Because the Sin is less. The debauching a Virgin may be her Ruin, and make her for Life unhappy. 7. Because the Compunction is less. The having made a young Girl miserable may give you frequent bitter Reflections; none of which can attend the making an old Woman happy. 8thly and Lastly They are so grateful!!
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Benjamin Franklin
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Tom Paine has almost no influence on present-day thinking in the United States because he is unknown to the average citizen. Perhaps I might say right here that this is a national loss and a deplorable lack of understanding concerning the man who first proposed and first wrote those impressive words, 'the United States of America.' But it is hardly strange. Paine's teachings have been debarred from schools everywhere and his views of life misrepresented until his memory is hidden in shadows, or he is looked upon as of unsound mind. We never had a sounder intelligence in this Republic. He was the equal of Washington in making American liberty possible. Where Washington performed Paine devised and wrote. The deeds of one in the Weld were matched by the deeds of the other with his pen. Washington himself appreciated Paine at his true worth. Franklin knew him for a great patriot and clear thinker. He was a friend and confidant of Jefferson, and the two must often have debated the academic and practical phases of liberty. I consider Paine our greatest political thinker. As we have not advanced, and perhaps never shall advance, beyond the Declaration and Constitution, so Paine has had no successors who extended his principles. Although the present generation knows little of Paine's writings, and although he has almost no influence upon contemporary thought, Americans of the future will justly appraise his work. I am certain of it. Truth is governed by natural laws and cannot be denied. Paine spoke truth with a peculiarly clear and forceful ring. Therefore time must balance the scales. The Declaration and the Constitution expressed in form Paine's theory of political rights. He worked in Philadelphia at the time that the first document was written, and occupied a position of intimate contact with the nation's leaders when they framed the Constitution. Certainly we may believe that Washington had a considerable voice in the Constitution. We know that Jefferson had much to do with the document. Franklin also had a hand and probably was responsible in even larger measure for the Declaration. But all of these men had communed with Paine. Their views were intimately understood and closely correlated. There is no doubt whatever that the two great documents of American liberty reflect the philosophy of Paine. ...Then Paine wrote 'Common Sense,' an anonymous tract which immediately stirred the fires of liberty. It flashed from hand to hand throughout the Colonies. One copy reached the New York Assembly, in session at Albany, and a night meeting was voted to answer this unknown writer with his clarion call to liberty. The Assembly met, but could find no suitable answer. Tom Paine had inscribed a document which never has been answered adversely, and never can be, so long as man esteems his priceless possession. In 'Common Sense' Paine flared forth with a document so powerful that the Revolution became inevitable. Washington recognized the difference, and in his calm way said that matters never could be the same again. It must be remembered that 'Common Sense' preceded the declaration and affirmed the very principles that went into the national doctrine of liberty. But that affirmation was made with more vigor, more of the fire of the patriot and was exactly suited to the hour... Certainly [the Revolution] could not be forestalled, once he had spoken. {The Philosophy of Paine, June 7, 1925}
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Thomas A. Edison (Diary and Sundry Observations of Thomas Alva Edison)