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American Writer, Journalist and Editor, 1842-1914
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(Appeal:) In law, is to put the dice into the box for another throw
A bad workman quarrels with the man who calls him that.
A bride is a woman with a fine prospect of happiness behind her.
A cat is a soft, indestructible automaton provided by nature to be kicked when things go wrong in the domestic circle.
A funeral is a pageant whereby we attest our respect for the dead by enriching the undertaker.
A lowly virtue whereby mediocrity achieves a glorious success.
A man is known by the company he organizes
A medal is a small metal disk given as a reward for virtues, attainments or services more or less authentic.
A miracle is an act or event out of the order of nature and unaccountable, as beating a normal hand of four kings and an ace with four aces and a king.
A nobleman is Nature's provision for wealthy American minds ambitious to incur social distinction and suffer high life.
America and Americans
A penny saved is a penny to squander.
A person who doubts himself is like a man who would enlist in the ranks of his enemies and bear arms agains himself. He makes his failure certain by himself being the first person to be convinced of it.
A revolution, in politics, is an abrupt change in the form of misgovernment. The substitution of the rule of an administration for that of a ministry, whereby the welfare and happiness of the people were advanced a full half-inch.
A total abstainer is one who abstains from everything but abstention, and especially from inactivity in the affairs of others.
A wedding is a ceremony at which two persons undertake to become one, one undertakes to become nothing, and nothing undertakes to become supportable.
ABASEMENT, n. A decent and customary mental attitude in the presence of wealth of power. Peculiarly appropriate in an employee when addressing an employer.
ABATIS, n. Rubbish in front of a fort, to prevent the rubbish outside from molesting the rubbish inside.
ABDICATION, n. An act whereby a sovereign attests his sense of the high temperature of the throne.
Poor Isabella's Dead, whose abdication Set all tongues wagging in the Spanish nation. For that performance 'twere unfair to scold her: She wisely left a throne too hot to hold her. To History she'll be no royal riddle -- Merely a plain parched pea that jumped the griddle. --G.J.
ABDOMEN, n. The temple of the god Stomach, in whose worship, with sacrificial rights, all true men engage. From women this ancient faith commands but a stammering assent. They sometimes minister at the altar in a half-hearted and ineffective way, but true reverence for the one deity that men really adore they know not. If woman had a free hand in the world's marketing the race would become graminivorous.
Ability is commonly found to consist mainly in a high degree of solemnity.
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