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Humility
Engrave this Quote I have often wished I had time to cultivate modesty. But I am too busy thinking about myself.
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Justice
Engrave this Quote Hot water is my native element. I was in it as a baby, and I have never seemed to get out of it ever since.
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Madness
Engrave this Quote Eccentricity is not, as dull people would have us believe, a form of madness. It is often a kind of innocent pride, and the man of genius and the aristocrat are frequently regarded as eccentrics because genius and aristocrat are entirely unafraid of and uninfluenced by the opinions and vagaries of the crowd.
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Men
Engrave this Quote I'm not the man to balk at a low smell, I not the man to insist on asphodel. This sounds like a He-fellow, don't you think? It sounds like that. I belch, I bawl, I drink.
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Patience
Engrave this Quote I am patient with stupidity, but not with those who are proud of it.
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Poetry
Engrave this Quote The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.
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Profanity, Swearing, Vulgarity
Engrave this Quote Vulgarity is, in reality, nothing but a modern, chic, pert descendant of the goddess Dullness.
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Silence
Engrave this Quote My personal hobbies are reading, listening to music, and silence.
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Style
Engrave this Quote Good taste is the worst vice ever invented.
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Water
Engrave this Quote Still falls the rain -- dark as the world of man, black as our loss -- blind as the nineteen hundred and forty nails upon the Cross.
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