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A woman's guess is much more accurate than a man's certainty.
All the people like us are we,
And everyone else is They.
Borrow trouble for yourself, if that's your nature, but don't lend it to your neighbors.
Fill the unforgiving minute with sixty seconds worth of distance run.
For it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go outside,"
But it 's "Special train for Atkins" when the trooper 's on the tide.
If you don't get what you want, it's a sign either that you did not seriously want it, or that you tried to bargain over the price.
"Lord God of Hosts, be with us yet,
Lest we forget--lest we forget!
- [Thanksgiving Day]
Most amusements only mean trying to win another person's money.
Never praise a sister to a sister in the hope of your compliments reaching the proper ears.
O it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy, go away,"
But it 's "Thank you, Mister Atkins," when the band begins to play.
Of all the liars in the world, sometimes the worst are your own fears.
Payday came and with it beer.
Take my word for it, the silliest woman can manage a clever man, but it needs a very clever woman to manage a fool.
Teach us delight in simple things, and mirth that has no bitter springs.
The masterless man . . . afflicted with the magic of the necessary words. . . . Words that may become alive and walk up and down in the hearts of the hearers.
- in a speech at the Royal Academy Banquet, London
Then it 's Tommy this, an' Tommy that, an' "Tommy 'ows yer soul?"
But it 's "Thin red lines of 'eroes" when the drums begin to roll.
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago.
Too much work and too much energy kill a man just as effectively as too much assorted vice or too much drink.
We have forty million reasons for failure, but not a single excuse.
Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind.
Youth had been a habit of hers for so long, that she could not part with it.
And the talk slid north, and the talk slid south
With the sliding puffs from the hookah-mouth;
Four things greater than all things are--
Women and Horses and Power and War.
- Ballad of the King's Jest [Talk]
E'en as he trod that day to God,
So walked he from his birth,
In simpleness, and gentleness and honor
And clean mirth.
- Barrack-Room Ballads
(dedication to Wolcott Balestier)
For the colonel's lady an' Judy O'Grady,
Are sisters under their skins.
- Barrack-Room Ballads (introduction)
Oh, East is East, and West is West, and never the twain shall meet
Till earth and sky stand presently at God's great judgment seat;
But there is neither East nor West, border nor breed nor birth
When two strong men stand face to face, tho' they come from the ends of the earth!
- Barrack-Room Ballads--Ballad of East and West
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