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Love: A temporary insanity curable by marriage.

~ Ambrose Bierce

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Perseverance – a lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves an inglorious success.

~ Ambrose Bierce

For those not familiar with Bierce, another individual to be read which will help to understand him is H. L. Mencken. Both had a rather gimlet eyed view of government, humanity and life in general, and rather accurate at that.

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We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.

~ Rudyard Kipling

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Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.

~ Rudyard Kipling

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Necessity never made a good bargain.

~ Benjamin Franklin

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Having been poor is no shame, but being ashamed of it, is.

~ Benjamin Franklin

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He that sows thorns should never go barefoot.

~ Benjamin Franklin