...no man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of appreciable mental powers to be lured upon the stage, as philosophers are occasionally lured into bordellos, his mind would be inevitably and almost immediately destroyed by the gaudy nonsense issuing from his mouth every night.

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A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.

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A good politician is quite as unthinkable as an honest burglar.

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A home is not a mere transient shelter: its essence lies in the personalities of the people who live in it.

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A judge is a law student who marks his own examination papers.

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A man always remembers his first love with special tenderness, but after that he begins to bunch them.

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A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.

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A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents.

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Adultery is the application of democracy to love.

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After all, all he did was string together a lot of old, well-known quotations. on Shakespeare

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