To every people the land is given on condition. Perceived or not, there is a Covenant, beyond the constitution, beyond sovereign guarantee, beyond the nation's sweetest dreams of itself.
I have just received the following wire from my generous Daddy. It says, Dear Jack: Don't buy a single vote more than is necessary. I'll be damned if I am going to pay for a landslide.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy
We are under exercised as a nation. We look instead of play. We ride instead of walk. Our existence deprives us of the minimum of physical activity essential for healthy living.
The farmer is the only man in our economy who buys everything at retail, sells everything at wholesale, and pays the freight both ways.
The unity of freedom has never relied on uniformity of opinion.
A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.
Genealogy. An account of one's descent from an ancestor who did not particularly care to trace his own.
Confidante. One entrusted by A with the secrets of B confided to herself by C.
Happiness is an agreeable sensation, arising from contemplating the misery of others.
An account, mostly false, of events, mostly unimportant, which are brought about by rulers, mostly knaves, and soldiers, mostly fools.
Historian. A broad -- gauge gossip.
Alien. An American sovereign in his probationary state.
Insurance: An ingenious modern game of chance in which the player is permitted to enjoy the comfortable conviction that he is beating the man who keeps the table.
Impiety. Your irreverence toward my deity.
Witticism. A sharp and clever remark, usually quoted and seldom noted; what the Philistine is pleased to call a joke.
Knowledge is the small part of ignorance that we arrange and classify.
Laughter -- An interior convulsion, producing a distortion of the features and accompanied by inarticulate noises. It is infectious and, though intermittent, incurable.
Life. A spiritual pickle preserving the body from decay.
An acquaintance is someone we know well enough to borrow from, but not well enough to lend to.
Admiral. That part of a warship which does the talking while the figurehead does the thinking.
The world has suffered more from the ravages of ill-advised marriages than from virginity.
Before undergoing a surgical operation, arrange your temporal affairs. You may live.
An accident is an inevitable occurrence due to the actions of immutable natural laws.
He who has a thousand friends has not a friend to spare, And he who has one enemy will meet him everywhere.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The glory of friendship is not in the outstretched hand, nor the kindly smile, nor the joy of companionship; it is in the spiritual inspiration that comes to one when he discovers that someone else believes in him and is willing to trust him.
A day for toil, an hour for sport, but for a friend is life too short.
I do then with my friends as I do with my books. I would have them where I can find them, but I seldom use them.
I didn't find my friends; the good Lord gave them to me.
Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.
The chief mourner does not always attend the funeral.
It is always so pleasant to be generous, though very vexatious to pay debts.
Only an inventor knows how to borrow, and every man is or should be an inventor.
The greatest genius is the most indebted person.
The hearing ear is always found close to the speaking tongue; and no genius can long or often utter anything which is not invited and gladly entertained by men around him.
To believe your own thought, to believe that what is true for you in your private heart is true for all men -- that is genius.
Coffee is good for talent, but genius wants prayer.
A man of genius is privileged only as far as he is genius. His dullness is as insupportable as any other dullness.
Repose and cheerfulness are the badge of the gentleman -- repose in energy.
The only gift is a portion of thyself.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.
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