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.
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- The devil has his elect.
- 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!
- 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.
- Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, –till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.
- Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
- A person usually has two reasons for doing something: a good reason and the real reason.