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"A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author."
"A room without books is like a body without a soul."
"A yawn is a silent shout."
"All but the hard hearted man must be torn with pity for this pathetic dilemma of the rich man, who has to keep the poor man just stout enough to do the work and just thin enough to have to do it."
"All science, even the divine science, is a sublime detective story. Only it is not set to detect why a man is dead; but the darker secret of why he is alive."
"America is the only country ever founded on a creed."
"An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered; an adventure is an inconvenience rightly considered."
"Angels can fly because they take themselves lightly."
"Anyone who is not an anarchist agrees with having a policeman at the corner of the street; but the danger at present is that of finding the policeman half-way down the chimney or even under the bed."
"Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame."
"Art, like morality, consists in drawing the line somewhere."
"At least five times...with the Arian and the Albigensian, with the Humanist sceptic, after Voltaire and after Darwin, the Faith has to all appearance gone to the dogs. In each of these five cases it was the dog that died."
"By a curious confusion, many modern critics have passed from the proposition that a masterpiece may be unpopular to the other proposition that unless it is unpopular it cannot be a masterpiece."
"Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy."
"Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions."
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"Great truths can only be forgotten and can never be falsified."
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"I say that a man must be certain of his morality for the simple reason that he has to suffer for it."
"If my children wake up on Christmas morning and have someone to thank for putting candy in their stocking, have I no one to thank for putting two feet in mine?"
"If there were no God, there would be no Atheists."
"Impartiality is a pompous name for indifference, which is an elegant name for ignorance."
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