Altruism and Cynicism
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A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.
Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else -- unless it is an enemy.
Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen.
We must believe in luck. For how else can we explain the success of those we don't like?
Every age is fed on illusions, lest men should renounce life early and the human race come to an end.
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them.
An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.
All government -- indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act -- is founded on compromise and barter.
Welcome thy neighbor into thy fallout shelter. He'll come in handy if you run out of food.
Tact is the ability to describe others as they see themselves.
I'd never join a club that would allow a person like me to become a member.
Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody is looking.