Not on morality, but on cookery, let us build our stronghold: there brandishing our frying-pan, as censer, let us offer sweet incense to the Devil, and live at ease on the fat things he has provided for his elect!
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- The devil has his elect.
- I grow daily to honor facts more and more, and theory less and less. A fact, it seems to me, is a great thing — a sentence printed, if not by God, then at least by the Devil.
- Skepticism, as I said, is not intellectual only; it is moral also; a chronic atrophy and disease of the whole soul. A man lives by believing something; not by debating and arguing about many things. A sad case for him when all that he can manage to believe is something he can button in his pocket, and with one or the other organ eat and digest! Lower than that he will not get.
- Sarcasm I now see to be, in general, the language of the devil; for which reason I have long since as good as renounced it.
- A man lives by believing something: not by debating and arguing about many things.
- If those gentlemen would let me alone I should be much obliged to them. I would say, as Shakespeare would say… Sweet Friend, for Jesus sake forbear.