His smile is sweetened by his gravity.

Book i.

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An election is coming. Universal peace is declared, and the foxes have a sincere interest in prolonging the lives of the poultry.

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He was like a cock who thought the sun had risen to hear him crow.

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Blessed is the man who, having nothing to say, abstains from giving us wordy evidence of the fact.

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Wear a smile and have friends; wear a scowl and have wrinkles. What do we live for if not to make the world less difficult for each other?

Oh may I join the choir invisible
Of those immortal dead who live again
In minds made better by their presence.

Oh may I join the Choir invisible.