To find a friend one must close one eye — to keep him, two.
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- Many a man who thinks to found a home discovers that he has merely opened a tavern for his friends.
- There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
- Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.
- A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
- Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.
- You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.