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William Gilmore Simms

The dread of criticism is the death of genius.

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The only true source of politeness is consideration.

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Not in sorrow freely is never to open the bosom to the sweets of the sunshine.

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Tact is one of the first mental virtues, the absence of it is fatal to the best talent.

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Tears are the natural penalties of pleasure. It is a law that we should pay for all that we enjoy.

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I believe that economists put decimal points in their forecasts to show they have a sense of humor.

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No errors of opinion can possibly be dangerous in a country where opinion is left free to grapple with them.

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He who would acquire fame must not show himself afraid of censure. The dread of censure is the death of genius.

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Most men remember obligations, but are not often likely to be grateful; the proud are made sour by the remembrance and the vain silent.

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The true law of the race is progress and development. Whenever civilization pauses in the march of conquest, it is overthrown by the barbarian.

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