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1Medicine is the means by which we poor feeble creatures try to keep from dying or aching.

2I don't care what the newspapers say about me as long as they spell my name right.

3Every crowd has a silver lining.

4There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street to-day, and another to-morrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.

5Constant hammering on one nail will generally drive it home at last, so that it can be clinched. When a man's undivided attention is centered on one object, his mind will constantly be suggesting improvements of value, which would escape him if his brain was occupied by a dozen different subjects at once.

6You know I had rather be laughed at than not to be noticed at all.

7But however mysterious is nature , however ignorant the doctor, however imperfect the present state of physical science , the patronage and the success of quacks and quackeries are infinitely more wonderful than those of honest and laborious men of science and their careful experiments.

8We cannot all see alike, but we can all do good.

9Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.

10A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained. It requires some training, perhaps, to accomplish this economy, but when once used to it, you will find there is more satisfaction in rational saving than in irrational spending.

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11Money is good for nothing unless you know the value of it by experience.

12If you hesitate, some bolder hand will stretch out before you and get the prize.

13There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.

14To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.

15To forgive heals the wound, to forget heals the scar.

16The common man, no matter how sharp and tough, actually enjoys having the wool pulled over his eyes, and makes it easier for the puller.

17If I shoot at the sun, I may hit a star.

18When a man is in the right path, he must persevere.

19If I was not a remarkably modest man, I should probably brag a little, and say that I had done what no American ever before accomplished by visiting the queen at her palace twice within eight days.

20How were the receipts today in Madison Square Garden ?

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21More persons, on the whole, are humbugged by believing in nothing, than by believing too much.

22A penny here, and a dollar there, placed at interest, goes on accumulating, and in this way the desired result is attained.

23Nothing draws a crowd quite like a crowd.

24Science is the pursuit of pure truth, and the systematizing of it.

25I risked much, but I made much.

26Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed.

27Politics and government are certainly among the most important of practical human interests.

28Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.

29Many people are gullible, and we can expect this to continue.

30As a general thing, I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told.

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31The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.

32I am a showman by profession... and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.

33In the United States, where we have more land than people, it is not at all difficult for persons in good health to make money.

34I never liked to work, I mean manual work.

35The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.

36You can fool most of the people most of the time.

37The orthodox faith painted God as a revengeful being, and yet people talk about loving such a being.

38The noblest art is that of making others happy

39There is a fool born every minute

40Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

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41Your success depends on what you do yourself, with your own means

42Money is in some respects like fire; it is a very excellent servant but a terrible master.

43The desire for wealth is nearly universal, and none can say it is not laudable, provided the possessor of it accepts its responsibilities, and uses it as a friend to humanity.

44Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

45Many persons are always kept poor, because they are too visionary. Every project looks to them like certain successes, and therefore they keep changing from one business to another, always in hot water, always 鈥榰nder the harrow鈥?

46You must exercise your caution in laying your plans, but be bold in carrying them out.

47There's one born every minute.

48Advertising is like learning - a little is a dangerous thing. If a man has not the pluck to keep on advertising, all the money he has already spent is lost.

49Those who really desire to attain an independence, have only set their minds upon it, and adopt the proper means, as they do in regard to any other object which they wish to accomplish, and the thing is easily done.

50There's no such thing as bad publicity.

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51Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.

52There is no class of people in the world, who have such good memories as creditors.

53Energy and patience in business are two indispensable elements of success.

54Whatever you do, do it ardently.

55Small does of advertising result in nothing, obviously. It's like giving a sick person half the medicine he needs. It just causes more suffering. Give the whole dose, and the cure will be certain and decisive.

56Advertising is like learning - a little is a dangerous thing.

57The bigger the humbug, the better people will like it.

58Money is the excellent slave and a horrible master.

59Advertising is to a genuine article what manure is to land, - it largely increases the product.

60He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.