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'The progress of evolution from President Washington to President Grant was alone evidence to upset Darwin.'


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'I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.'


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'Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.'


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'Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.'


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'All experience is an arch, to build upon.'


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'I have written too much history to have faith in it and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.'


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'No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.'


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'Friends are born, not made.'


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'One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.'


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'Chaos often breeds life, when order breeds habit.'


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'I have written too much history to have faith in it and if anyone thinks I'm wrong, I am inclined to agree with him.'


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'There is no such thing as an underestimate of average intelligence.'


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'No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.'


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'It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.'


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'Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.'


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'The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.'


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'Accident counts for as much in companionship as in marriage.'


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'Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.'


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'He too serves a certain purpose who only stands and cheers.'


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'I am an anarchist in politics and an impressionist in art as well as a symbolist in literature. Not that I understand what these terms mean, but I take them to be all merely synonyms of pessimist.'


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'Politics, as a practice, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.'


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'Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.'


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'Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.'


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'Politics, as a practise, whatever its professions, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.'


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'Politics... have always been the systematic organization of hatreds.'


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'Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.'


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'The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.'


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'Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.'


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'Some day science may have the existence of mankind in power, and the human race can commit suicide by blowing up the world.'


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'American society is a sort of flat, fresh-water pond which absorbs silently, without reaction, anything which is thrown into it.'


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'A teacher affects eternity he can never tell where his influence stops.'


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'Everyone carries his own inch rule of taste, and amuses himself by applying it, triumphantly, wherever he travels.'


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'The press is the hired agent of a monied system, and set up for no other purpose than to tell lies where their interests are involved. One can trust nobody and nothing.'

 

 

 

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