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    Elegance of language may not be in the power of all of us; but simplicity and straight forwardness are. Write much as you would speak; speak as you think. If with your inferior, speak no coarser than usual; if with your superiors, no finer. Be what you say; and, within the rules of prudence, say what you are.

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Vice is a creature of such hideous mien... that the more you see it the better you like it.

Vice is a creature of such hideous mien... that the more you see it the better you like it.

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It has to be displayed, this face, on a more or less horizontal plane. Imagine a man wearing a mask, read more

It has to be displayed, this face, on a more or less horizontal plane. Imagine a man wearing a mask, and imagine that the elastic which holds the mask on has just broken, so that the man (rather than let the mask slip off) has to tilt his head back and balance the mask on his real face. This is the kind of tyranny which Lawson's face exerts over the rest of his body as he cruises along the corridors. He doesn't look down his nose at you, he looks along his nose.

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The hardest part has been maintaining a small head -- remaining down to earth. So many people try to make read more

The hardest part has been maintaining a small head -- remaining down to earth. So many people try to make you more than you are. This business has changed a lot of good people and a lot of good families, and I don't want that to happen to me.

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They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. A man is too read more

They may forget what you said, but they will never forget how you made them feel. A man is too apt to forget that in this world he cannot have everything. A choice is all that is left to him. Better bend than break. Never swap horses while crossing a stream.Why not upset the apple cart? If you don't, the apples will rot anyway. There is never time to do it right, but there is always time to do it over. Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored. Fail to plan, plan to fail. -Carl W. Buechner.

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I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his read more

I want there to be no peasant in my kingdom so poor that he cannot have a chicken in his pot every Sunday.

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No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not read more

No idea is so antiquated that it was not once modern. No idea is so modern that it will not some day be antiquated...to seize the flying thought before it escapes us is our only touch with reality.

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Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer - into a selflessness which links us with read more

Real education should educate us out of self into something far finer - into a selflessness which links us with all humanity.

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My advice is to look out for engineers. They begin with sewing machines and end up with nuclear bombs.

My advice is to look out for engineers. They begin with sewing machines and end up with nuclear bombs.

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The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.

The only pressure I'm under is the pressure I've put on myself.

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