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  • "Life is like music, it must be composed by ear, feeling and instinct, not by rule."

  • "The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself, too."
  • "Books are like imprisoned souls till someone takes them down from a shelf and frees them."

  • "Man is the only animal that can remain on friendly terms with the victims he intends to eat until he eats them."
  • "Autumn is the mellower season, and what we lose in flowers we more than gain in fruits."

  • "All animals except man know that the principal business of life is to enjoy it."

  • "Friendship is like money, easier made than kept."
  • "Dont learn to do, but learn in doing."
  • "Life is one long process of getting tired."
  • "We all love best not those who offend us least, nor those who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them."
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