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Comment#  ·   Fair (124 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A prig is a fellow who is always making you a present of his opinions.

George Eliot, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (281 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Subtlety is the art of saying what you think and getting out of the way before it is understood.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (221 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Tact is the ability to tell a man he has an open mind when he has a hole in his head.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (257 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The Golden Rule: whoever has the gold makes the rules.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (249 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

There are two reasons for doing something: a really good reason and the real reason.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (249 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

To err is human, to blame the next guy even more so.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (819 ratings)  ·  submitted 1999

Trust everybody, but cut the cards.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (257 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

We should forgive our enemies, but only after they've been taken out and shot.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (394 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

When the government fears the people, we have liberty. When the people fear the government, we have tyranny.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Law and Politics

Comment#  ·   Fair (323 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Man usually avoids attributing cleverness to somebody else -- unless it is an enemy.

Albert Einstein, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (243 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997  · 

Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.

Unknown, (old family saying from Ireland), in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (239 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Love your enemies: they'll go crazy trying to figure out what you're up to.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (332 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Money is the root of all evil, and man needs roots.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Wealth and Poverty

Comment#  ·   Fair (225 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never ask the barber if you need a haircut.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (230 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Never deprive someone of hope -- it may be all they have.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (251 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Once you've tried to change the world you find it's a whole bunch easier to change your mind.

Unknown, in Altruism and Cynicism and Success and Failure

Comment#  ·   Fair (916 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Politeness: The most acceptable hypocrisy.

Ambrose Bierce, The Devil's Dictionary, in Altruism and Cynicism

The Devil's Dictionary (paperback)

Comment#  ·   Fair (249 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

The covers of this book are too far apart.

Ambrose Bierce, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (105 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

A dozen press agents working overtime can do terrible things to the human spirit.

Cecil B. De Mille, in Altruism and Cynicism

Comment#  ·   Fair (777 ratings)  ·  submitted 1997

Everything is permitted.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov, in Altruism and Cynicism

The Brothers Karamazov (paperback)

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