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If we take science as our sole guide, if we accept and hold fast that alone which is verifiable, the old theology must go.

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The dog is often quick to resent a kick, be it from man or beast, but I have never known him to show anger at the door that slammed to and hit him. Probably, if the door held him by his tail or his limb, it would quickly receive the imprint of his teeth.

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Man takes root at his feet, and at best, he is no more than a potted plant in his house or carriage till he has established communication with the soil by the loving and magnetic touch of his soles to it.

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A man can fail many times, but he isn't a failure until he begins to blame somebody else.

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A man can get discouraged many times but he is not a failure until he begins to blame somebody else and stops trying.

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The secret of happiness is something to do.

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I have discovered the secret of happiness - it is work, either with the hands or the head. The moment I have something to do, the draughts are open and my chimney draws, and I am happy.

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To treat your facts with imagination is one thing, to imagine your facts is another.

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Birds and animals probably think without knowing that they think: that is, they have not self-consciousness. Only man seems to be endowed with this faculty: he alone develops disinterested intelligence, intelligence that is not primarily concerned with his own safety and well-being but that looks abroad upon things.

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