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The forgotten man... He works, he votes, generally he prays, but his chief business in life is to pay.

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The waste of capital, in proportion to the total capital, in this country between 1800 and 1850, in the attempts which were made to establish means of communication and transportation, was enormous.

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Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.

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Men never cling to their dreams with such tenacity as at the moment when they are losing faith in them, and know it, but do not dare yet to confess it to themselves.

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A good father believes that he does wisely to encourage enterprise, productive skill, prudent self-denial, and judicious expenditure on the part of his son.

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A drunkard in the gutter is just where he ought to be, according to the fitness and tendency of things. Nature has set upon him the process of decline and dissolution by which she removes things which have survived their usefulness.

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It is remarkable that jealousy of individual property in land often goes along with very exaggerated doctrines of tribal or national property in land.

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The men who start out with the notion that the world owes them a living generally find that the world pays its debt in the penitentiary or the poor house.

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It is the tendency of the social burdens to crush out the middle class, and to force society into an organization of only two classes, one at each social extreme.

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