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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
Horace Greeley
  A sort of living oblivion.  1
  Abstaining is favorable both to the head and the pocket.  2
  Ah! if the pulpit would practice what it preaches, then all would be well.  3
  Bigotry is chronic dogmatism.  4
  Common sense is very uncommon.  5
  Duty and to-day are ours; results and futurity belong to God.  6
  Fame is a vapor; popularity an accident; riches take wings; the only certainty is oblivion.  7
  Great grief makes sacred those upon whom its hand is laid. Joy may elevate, ambition glorify, but sorrow alone can consecrate.  8
  I accept your nomination in the confident trust that the masses of our countrymen, north and south, are eager to clasp hands across the bloody chasm which has so long divided them.  9
  Men who have great riches and little culture rush into business, because they are weary of themselves.  10
  Morality and religion are but words to him who fishes in gutters for the means of sustaining life, and crouches behind barrels in the street for shelter from the cutting blasts of a winter night.  11
  Nine-tenths of the world is entertained by scandalous rumors, which are never dissected until they are dead, and, when pricked, collapse like an empty bladder.  12
  No amount of preaching, exhortation, sympathy, benevolence, will render the condition of our working women what it should be, so long as the kitchen and needle are substantially their only resources.  13
  Printer’s ink is the great apostle of progress, whose pulpit is the press.  14
  Relaxation is a physical and moral necessity. Animals, even to the simplest and dullest, have their games, their sports, their diversions. The toil-worn artisan, stooping and straining over his daily task, which taxes eye and brain and limb, ought to have opportunity and means for an hour or two of relaxation after that task is concluded.  15
  Stupidity has no friends, and wants none.  16
  Talent without tact is only half talent.  17
  The best style of writing, as well as the most forcible, is the plainest.  18
  The best use of a journal is to print the largest practical amount of important truth,—truth which tends to make mankind wiser, and thus happier.  19
  The creed of diplomats.  20
  The guerilla weapon of political warfare.  21
  The poetry of bricks and mortar.  22
  The word “rest” is not in my vocabulary.  23
  You may be witty, but not satirical.  24

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