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Reading
Engrave this Quote If a secret history of books could be written, and the author's private thoughts and meanings noted down alongside of his story, how many insipid volumes would become interesting, and dull tales excite the reader!
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-William Makepeace Thackeray
Risk
Engrave this Quote Let a man who has to make his fortune in life remember this maxim: Attacking is the only secret. Dare and the world yields, or if it beats you sometimes, dare it again and you will succeed.
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Selfishness
Engrave this Quote Next to the young, I suppose the very old are the most selfish.
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Senses
Engrave this Quote I never know whether to pity or congratulate a man on coming to his senses.
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Shame
Engrave this Quote Certain it is that scandal is good brisk talk, whereas praise of one's neighbor is by no means lively hearing. An acquaintance grilled, scored, devilled, and served with mustard and cayenne pepper excites the appetite; whereas a slice of cold friend with currant jelly is but a sickly, unrelishing meat.
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Success & Failure
Engrave this Quote Do not be in a hurry to succeed. What would you have to live for afterwards? Better make the horizon your goal; it will always be ahead of you.
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Trains, Railroads
Engrave this Quote We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world. Stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth -- all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.
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Vanity
Engrave this Quote People who do not know how to laugh are always pompous and self-conceited.
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Youth
Engrave this Quote Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
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