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A man must now swallow more belief than he can digest.

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Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

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One friend in a lifetime is much; two are many; three hardly possible.

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A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops.

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Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.

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Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.

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I tell you the solemn truth, that the doctrine of the Trinity is not so difficult to accept for a working proposition as any one of the axioms of physics.

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Every man who has at last succeeded, after long effort, in calling up the divinity which lies hidden in a woman's heart, is startled to find that he must obey the God he summoned.

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Thank God, I never was cheerful. I come from the happy stock of the Mathers, who, as you remember, passed sweet mornings reflecting on the goodness of God and the damnation of infants.

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I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.

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