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"Love is the triumph of imagination over intelligence." Love 4.5 avg (20 votes)
"Love is like war: easy to begin but very hard to stop." Love, War & Peace 4.6 avg (51 votes)
"Marriage is a wonderful institution, but who would want to live in an institution?" Marriage 5.0 avg (11 votes)
"A cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin." Miscellaneous 4.9 avg (9 votes)
"All men are frauds. The only difference between them is that some admit it. I myself deny it." Miscellaneous 5.0 avg (2 votes)
"Criticism is prejudice made plausible." Miscellaneous 2.5 avg (2 votes)
"It is the dull man who is always sure, and the sure man who is always dull." Miscellaneous 3.0 avg (2 votes)
"The chief value of money lies in the fact that one lives in a world in which it is overestimated." Money 3.3 avg (4 votes)
"Conscience is the inner voice that warns us somebody may be looking." Morality 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"The difference between a moral man and a man of honor is that the latter regrets a discreditable act, even when it has worked and he has not been caught." Morality 4.5 avg (8 votes)
"Philosophy consists very largely of one philosopher arguing that all others are jackasses. He usually proves it, and I should add that he also usually proves that he is one himself." Philosophy 4.3 avg (8 votes)
"A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child." Poetry 4.0 avg (2 votes)
"The essence of a self-reliant and autonomous culture is an unshakeable egoism." Pride 5.0 avg (3 votes)
"Imagine the Creator as a low comedian, and at once the world becomes explicable." Theology 4.2 avg (6 votes)
"For centuries, theologians have been explaining the unknowable in terms of the-not-worth-knowing." Theology 3.0 avg (5 votes)
"It is hard to believe that a man is telling the truth when you know that you would lie if you were in his place." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (16 votes)
"The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth--that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one." Truth & Lies 4.8 avg (6 votes)
"Giving every man a vote has no more made men wise and free than Christianity has made them good." Voting 4.7 avg (3 votes)
"To wage a war for a purely moral reason is as absurd as to ravish a woman for a purely moral reason." War & Peace 4.4 avg (7 votes)
"Wars are seldom caused by spontaneous hatreds between people, for peoples in general are too ignorant of one another to have grievances and too indifferent to what goes on beyond their borders to plan conquests. They must be urged to the slaughter by politicians who know how to alarm them." War & Peace 4.8 avg (4 votes)

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