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Advertising
Engrave this Quote Advertising may be described as the science of arresting the human intelligence long enough to get money from it.
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-Stephen Leacock
Alcohol/Alcoholism
Engrave this Quote It takes a good deal of physical courage to ride a horse. This, however, I have. I get it at about forty cents a flask, and take it as required.
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-Stephen Leacock, Reflections on Riding, 1910
Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote Men are able to trust one another, knowing the exact degree of dishonesty they are entitled to expect.
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-Stephen Leacock
Dreams
Engrave this Quote It may be those who do most, dream most.
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-Stephen Leacock
Enjoyment
Engrave this Quote What we call creative work, ought not to be called work at all, because it isn't. I imagine that Thomas Edison never did a day's work in his last fifty years.
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-Stephen Leacock
Golf
Engrave this Quote Golf may be played on Sunday, not being a game within the view of the law, but being a form of moral effort.
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-Stephen Leacock, Why I refuse to play Golf
Humor
Engrave this Quote Humor may be defined as the kindly contemplation of the incongruities of life, and the artistic expression thereof.
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Engrave this Quote But the deep background that lies behind and beyond what we call humor is revealed only to the few who, by instinct or by effort, have given thought to it. The world's humor, in its best and greatest sense, is perhaps the highest product of our civilization. Its basis lies in the deeper contrasts offered by life itself: the strange incongruity between our aspiration and our achievement, the eager and fretful anxieties of today that fade into nothingness tomorrow, the burning pain and the sharp sorrow that are softened in the gentle retrospect of time, till as we look back upon the course that has been traversed, we pass in view the panorama of our lives, as people in old age may recall, with mingled tears and smiles, the angry quarrels of their childhood. And here, in its larger aspect, humor is blended with pathos till the two are one, and represent, as they have in every age, the mingled heritage of tears and laughter that is our lot on earth.
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Insurance
Engrave this Quote I detest life-insurance agents: they always argue that I shall some day die, which is not so.
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-Stephen Leacock
Libraries
Engrave this Quote If I were founding a university I would begin with a smoking room; next a dormitory; and then a decent reading room and a library. After that, if I still had more money that I couldn't use, I would hire a professor and get some text books.
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Life
Engrave this Quote Life, we learn too late, is in the living, the tissue of every day and hour.
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Luck
Engrave this Quote I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the more I have of it.
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-Stephen Leacock, Literary Lapses
Marriage
Engrave this Quote Many a man in love with a dimple makes the mistake of marrying the whole girl.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote The classics are only primitive literature. They belong to the same class as primitive machinery and primitive music and primitive medicine.
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Sadness
Engrave this Quote The sorrows and disasters of Europe always brought fortune to America.
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-Stephen Leacock

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