The mass never comes up to the standard of its best member, but on the contrary degrades itself to a level with the lowest.
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- I have no doubt that it is a part of the destiny of the human race, in its gradual improvement, to leave off eating animals, as surely as the savage tribes have left off eating each other when they came in contact with the more civilized.
- Most men would feel insulted if it were proposed to employ them in throwing stones over a wall, and then in throwing them back, merely that they might earn their wages. But many are no more worthily employed now.
- Our life is frittered away by detail. Simplify, simplify, simplify! I say, let your affairs be as two or three, and not a hundred or a thousand; instead of a million count half a dozen, and keep your accounts on your thumb-nail.
- It requires nothing less than a chivalric feeling to sustain a conversation with a lady.
- I would rather sit on a pumpkin, and have it all to myself, than be crowded on a velvet cushion.
- Any fool can make a rule, and every fool will mind it.