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"Most people are other people, their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation" ~Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

 

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'Tis not in mortals to command success, but we'll do more, Sempronius, we'll deserve it.
~ Joseph Addison - [Merit]

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A little cooling down of animal excitability and instinct, a little loss of animal toughness, a little irritable weakness and descent of the pain-threshold, will bring the worm at the core of all our usual springs of delight into full view, and turn us into melancholy metaphysicians.
~ William James - [Metaphysics]

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A metaphysician is one who, when you remark that twice two makes four, demands to know what you mean by twice, what by two, what by makes, and what by four. For asking such questions metaphysicians are supported in oriental luxury in the universities, and respected as educated and intelligent men.
~ H. L. Mencken - [Metaphysics]

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An ingenuous mind feels in unmerited praise the bitterest reproof.
~ Walter Savage Landor - [Merit]

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Arrogance on the part of the meritorious is even more offensive to us than the arrogance of those without merit: for merit itself is offensive.
~ Friedrich Nietzsche - [Merit]

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Charm strikes the sight, but merit wins the soul.
~ Alexander Pope - [Merit]

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Here is a field open for talent; and here, merit will a have certain favor, and industry is graced with its due reward.
~ Claudius - [Merit]

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I was thrown out of N.Y.U. my freshman year for cheating on my metaphysics final. You know, I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me.
~ Woody Allen - [Metaphysics]

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It is more honorable to be raised to a throne than to be born to one. Fortune bestows the one, merit obtains the other.
~ Francesco Petrarch - [Merit]

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Merit is often an obstacle to fortune; the reason is it produces two bad effects, envy and fear.
~ Proverb - [Merit]

 

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