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Stephen King
“Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.”
Stephen King, Bag of Bones

H.G. Wells
“Moral indignation is jealousy with a halo.”
H.G. Wells, The Wife of Sir Isaac Harman

Mark Twain
“Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.”
Mark Twain

Ambrose Bierce
“Quotation, n: The act of repeating erroneously the words of another.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Abraham Lincoln
“Tact: the ability to describe others as they see themselves.”
Abraham Lincoln

Gerard Way
“Tears are words the heart can't express”
Gerard Way

H.L. Mencken
“Puritanism: The haunting fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.”
H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

David Levithan
contiguous, adj.

I felt silly for even mentioning it, but once I did, I knew I had to explain.
"When I was a kid, "I had this puzzle with all fifty states on it--you know, the kind where you have to fit them all together. And one day I got it in my head that California and Nevada were in love. I told my mom, and she had no idea what I was talking about. I ran and got those two pieces and showed it to her--California and Nevada, completely in love. So a lot of the time when we're like this"--my ankles against the backs of your ankles, my knees fitting into the backs of your knees, my thighs on the backs of your legs, my stomach against your back, my chin folding into your neck--"I can't help but think about California and Nevada, and how we're a lot like them. If someone were drawing us from above as a map. that's what we'd look like; that's how we are."
For a moment, you were quiet. And then you nestled in and whispered.
"Contiguous."
And I knew you understood.”
David Levithan, The Lover's Dictionary

Aristotle
“Wit is educated insolence.”
Aristotle

H.L. Mencken
“A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin.”
H.L. Mencken

George Bernard Shaw
“Liquor is the chloroform which enables the poor man to endure the painful operation of living.”
George Bernard Shaw

Dylan Thomas
“An alcoholic is someone you don't like, who drinks as much as you do.”
Dylan Thomas

Oscar Wilde
“Bigamy is having one wife too many. Monogamy is the same.”
Oscar Wilde

H.L. Mencken
“Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking.”
H.L. Mencken, A Mencken Chrestomathy

Ambrose Bierce
Faith, n. Belief without evidence in what is told by one who speaks without knowledge, of things without parallel.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Ronald Reagan
“Recession is when your neighbor loses his job. Depression is when you lose yours. And recovery is when Jimmy Carter loses his.”
Ronald Reagan

John Lennon
“Avant-garde is French for bullshit”
John Lennon

Socrates
“The beginning of wisdom is the definition of terms.”
Socrates

Margaret Thatcher
“Consensus: “The process of abandoning all beliefs, principles, values, and policies in search of something in which no one believes, but to which no one objects; the process of avoiding the very issues that have to be solved, merely because you cannot get agreement on the way ahead. What great cause would have been fought and won under the banner: ‘I stand for consensus?”
Margaret Thatcher

Ambrose Bierce
“Bore, n.: A person who talks when you wish him to listen.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Abraham Lincoln
“Hypocrite: The man who murdered his parents, and then pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan.”
Abraham Lincoln

H.L. Mencken
“Misogynist: A man who hates women as much as women hate one another.”
H.L. Mencken

Madeleine L'Engle
“An infinite question is often destroyed by finite answers. To define everything is to annihilate much that gives us laughter and joy.”
Madeleine L'Engle, A Circle of Quiet

Ronald Reagan
“A hippie is someone who looks like Tarzan, walks like Jane and smells like Cheetah.”
Ronald Reagan

Ambrose Bierce
“Conservative, n: A statesman who is enamored of existing evils, as distinguished from the Liberal who wishes to replace them with others.”
Ambrose Bierce

Gore Vidal
“A narcissist is someone better looking than you are.”
Gore Vidal

Ambrose Bierce
“Academe, n.: An ancient school where morality and philosophy were taught. Academy, n.: A modern school where football is taught.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

John Dewey
“Every one has experienced how learning an appropriate name for what was dim and vague cleared up and crystallized the whole matter. Some meaning seems distinct almost within reach, but is elusive; it refuses to condense into definite form; the attaching of a word somehow (just how, it is almost impossible to say) puts limits around the meaning, draws it out from the void, makes it stand out as an entity on its own account.”
John Dewey, How We Think

Oscar Wilde
“Duty is what one expects from others.”
Oscar Wilde

“Envy is the art of counting the other fellow's blessings instead of your own.”
Harold Coffin Syrett

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