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All Quotes by author - James Stephens
" Any fool can wash himself, but every wise man knows that it is an unnecessary labour, for nature will quickly reduce him to a natural and healthy dirtiness again. "
" A secret is a weapon and a friend. "
" A sword, a spade, and a thought should never be allowed to rust. "
" A woman is a branchy tree and man a singing wind; and from her branches carelessly he takes what he can find. "
" By having much, you are fitted to have more. "
" Chaos is the first condition. Order is the first law. Continuity is the first reflection. Quietude is the first happiness. "
" Curiosity will conquer fear even more than bravery will. "
" Finality is death. Perfection is finality. Nothing is perfect. There are lumps in it. "
" If men understood domestic economy half as well as women do, then their political economy and their entire consequent statecraft would not be the futil muddle which it is. "
" Let the past be content with itself, for man needs forgetfulness as well as memory. "
" Man works outwardly and inwardly - after rest, he has energy; after energy, he needs repose; so, when we have given instruction for a time, we need instruction and must receive it, or the spirit faints and wisdom herself grows bitter. "
" Men come of age at sixty, women at fifteen. "
" Originality does not consist in saying what no one has ever said before, but in saying exactly what you think yourself. "
" Quietness is the beginning of virtue. To be silent is to be beautiful. Stars do not make a noise. "
" Sleep is an excellent way of listening to an opera. "
" There is no tragedy more woeful than the victory of hate, nor any attainment so hopelessly barren as the sterility of that achievement; for hate is finality, and finality is the greatest evil which can happen in a world of movement. "
" To understand the theory which underlies all things is not sufficient. Theory is but the preparation for practice. "
" To work is nothing; the king on his throne, the priest kneeling before the Holy Altar, all people in all places had to work, but no person at all need be a servant. "
" Under all wrongdoing lies personal vanity or the feeling that we are endowed and privileged beyond our fellows. "
" We are washed both on coming into the world and on going out of it, and we take no pleasure from the first washing nor any profit from the last. "
" We get wise by asking questions, and even if these are not answered, we get wise, for a well-packed question carries its answer on its back as a snail carries its shell. "
" What the heart knows today the head will understand tomorrow. "
" When a woman speaks to a man about the love she feels for another man, she is not liked. "
" Women and birds are able to see without turning their heads, and that is indeed a necessary provision for they are both surrounded by enemies. "
" Women are stronger than men - they do not die of wisdom. "
" You must be fit to give before you can be fit to receive. "
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