In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child’s parent or grandparent.

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I never think at all when I write. Nobody can do two things at the same time and do them both well.

An optimist is a guy that never has had much experience.

When you can’t have anything else, you can have virtue.

Middle age is the time when a man is always thinking that in a week or two he will feel as good as ever.

The trouble with the public is that there is too much of it; what we need in public is less quantity and more quality.