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Agreement
Engrave this Quote He that complies against his will is of his own opinion still.
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-Samuel Butler
Alcohol/Alcoholism
Engrave this Quote It is immoral to get drunk because the headache comes after the drinking, but if the headache came first and the drunkenness afterwards, it would be moral to get drunk.
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Animals
Engrave this Quote Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
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Argument & Debate
Engrave this Quote Arguments are like fire-arms which a man may keep at home but should not carry about with him.
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Engrave this Quote We are not won by arguments that we can analyze, but by tone and temper; by the manner, which is the man himself.
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Engrave this Quote Neither irony or sarcasm is argument.
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Engrave this Quote It is not he who gains the exact point in dispute who scores most in controversy -- but he who has shown the better temper.
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Authors & Writing
Engrave this Quote The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
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Belief
Engrave this Quote Belief like any other moving body follows the path of least resistance.
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Birth
Engrave this Quote Birth and death are so closely related that one could not destroy either without destroying the other at the same time. It is extinction that makes creation possible.
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Boredom
Engrave this Quote The man who lets himself be bored is even more contemptible than the bore.
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Engrave this Quote Men are seldom more commonplace than on supreme occasions.
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Charity
Engrave this Quote Because they did not see merit where they should have seen it, people, to express their regret, will go and leave a lot of money to the very people who will be the first to throw stones at the next person who has anything to say and finds a difficulty in getting a hearing.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote People in general are equally horrified at hearing the Christian religion doubted, and at seeing it practiced.
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Engrave this Quote If there is any moral in Christianity, if there is anything to be learned from it, if the whole story is not profitless from first to last, it comes to this: that a man should back his own opinion against the world s.
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Common Sense
Engrave this Quote The voice of the Lord is the voice of common sense, which is shared by all that is.
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Community
Engrave this Quote Union may be strength, but it is mere blind brute strength unless wisely directed.
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Conscience
Engrave this Quote Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it.
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Conviction
Engrave this Quote The one serious conviction that a man should have is that nothing is to be taken too seriously.
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Crime
Engrave this Quote The thief. Once committed beyond a certain point he should not worry himself too much about not being a thief any more. Thieving is God's message to him. Let him try and be a good thief.
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Culture
Engrave this Quote A man should be just cultured enough to be able to look with suspicion upon culture at first, not second hand.
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Death
Engrave this Quote To die is but to leave off dying and do the thing once for all.
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Engrave this Quote The dead should be judged like criminals, impartially, but they should be allowed the benefit of the doubt.
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Engrave this Quote There is nothing which at once affects a man so much and so little as his own death.
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Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote Any fool can tell the truth, but it requires a man of some sense to know how to lie well.
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