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Engrave this Quote How to gain, how to keep, how to recover happiness is in fact for most men at all times the secret motive o all they do, and of all they are willing to endure.
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-W. R. [William Ralph] Inge
Age
Engrave this Quote I think middle-age is the best time, if we can escape the fatty degeneration of the conscience which often sets in at about fifty.
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Books
Engrave this Quote Literature flourishes best when it is half trade and half an art.
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Change
Engrave this Quote There are two kinds of fools: One says, This is old therefore it is good. The other one says, This is new therefore it is better.
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Consequences
Engrave this Quote There are no rewards or punishments -- only consequences.
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Consumerism
Engrave this Quote The happy people are those who are producing something; the bored people are those who are consuming much and producing nothing.
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Evolution
Engrave this Quote There is no law of progress. Our future is in our own hands, to make or to mar. It will be an uphill fight to the end, and would we have it otherwise? Let no one suppose that evolution will ever exempt us from struggles. 'You forget,' said the Devil, with a chuckle, 'that I have been evolving too.'
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Judging, Judgment
Engrave this Quote Let us remember, when we are inclined to be disheartened, that the private soldier is a poor judge of the fortunes of a great battle.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote We tolerate shapes in human beings that would horrify us if we saw them in a horse.
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Nation, Nationality, Nationalism
Engrave this Quote In dealing with Englishmen you can be sure of one thing only, that the logical solution will not be adopted.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote Public opinion, a vulgar, impertinent, anonymous tyrant who deliberately makes life unpleasant for anyone who is not content to be the average man.
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-W. R. [William Ralph] Inge, Outspoken Essays 1910, Our Present Discontents
Peace
Engrave this Quote It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favor of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion.
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Plagiarism
Engrave this Quote What is originality? Undetected plagiarism.
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Religion
Engrave this Quote To become a popular religion, it is only necessary for a superstition to enslave a philosophy.
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Revolution
Engrave this Quote A man may build himself a throne of bayonets, but he can't sit on it.
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Society
Engrave this Quote Whoever marries the spirit of this age will find himself a widower in the next.
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Engrave this Quote Every institution not only carries within it the seeds of its own dissolution, but prepares the way for its most hated rival.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote Consciousness is a phase of mental life which arises in connection with the formation of new habits. When habit is formed, consciousness only interferes to spoil our performance.
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Trouble, Troubles
Engrave this Quote Worry is interest paid on trouble before it falls due.
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Wisdom
Engrave this Quote It is astonishing with how little wisdom mankind can be governed, when that little wisdom is its own.
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