Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.
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- Life is made of ever so many partings welded together.
- This is a world of action, and not for moping and droning in.
- A man in public life expects to be sneered at — it is the fault of his elevated situation, and not of himself.
- Take example by your father, my boy, and be very careful of vidders all your life, specially if they’ve kept a public house, Sammy.
- There is nothing so strong or safe in an emergency of life as the simple truth.
- Dollars! All their cares, hopes, joys, affections, virtues, and associations seemed to be melted down into dollars. Whatever the chance contributions that fell into the slow cauldron of their talk, they made the gruel thick and slab with dollars. Men were weighed by their dollars, measures were gauged by their dollars; life was auctioned, appraised, put up, and knocked down for its dollars. The next respectable thing to dollars was any venture having their attainment for its end. The more of that worthless ballast, honor and fair-dealing, which any man cast overboard from the ship of his Good Nature and Good Intent, the more ample stowage-room he had for dollars. Make commerce one huge lie and mighty theft. Deface the banner of the nation for an idle rag; pollute it star by star; and cut out stripe by stripe as from the arm of a degraded soldier. Do anything for dollars! What is a flag to them!