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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Lawyer
Nation: American
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It is a clear truth that those who every day barter away other men's liberty will soon care little for their own.

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A man's house is his castle.

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Let the consequences be what they will, I am determined to proceed.

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But I think I can sincerely declare that I cheerfully submit myself to every odious name for conscience' sake; and from my soul I despise all those whose guilt, malice, or folly has made them my foes.

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I will to my dying day oppose, with all the powers and faculties God has given me, all such instruments of slavery on the one hand and villainy on the other as this Writ of Assistance is.

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A man is accountable to no person for his doings.

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I pray God I may never be brought to the melancholy trial; but, if ever I should, it will then be known how far I can reduce to practice principles which I know to be founded in truth.

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I do not say that, when brought to the test, I shall be invincible.

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If we are not represented, we are slaves.

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Now, one of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one's house.

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Taxation without representation is tyranny.

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Every man may reign secure in his petty tyranny, and spread terror and desolation around him, until the trump of the Archangel shall excite different emotions in his soul.

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The only principles of public conduct that are worthy of a gentleman or a man are to sacrifice estate, ease, health, and applause, and even life, to the sacred calls of his country.

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Every one with this writ may be a tyrant; if this commission be legal, a tyrant in a legal manner, also, may control, imprison, or murder any one within the realm.

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I have accordingly considered it, and now appear not only in obedience to your order, but likewise in behalf of the inhabitants of this town, who have presented another petition, and out of regard to the liberties of the subject.

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MAY it please your Honors: I was desired by one of the court to look into the books, and consider the question now before them concerning Writs of Assistance.

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My dear sister, I hope, when God Almighty in his righteous providence shall take me out of time into eternity, that it will be by a flash of lightning.

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Every lover is a soldier.

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Love is a thing that is full of cares and fears.

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Fair peace becomes men; ferocious anger belongs to beasts.

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Time is generally the best doctor.

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Either do not attempt at all, or go through with it.

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Endure and persist; this pain will turn to good by and by.

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Envy aims very high.

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Everyone wishes that the man whom he fears would perish.

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The bold adventurer succeeds the best.

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Tears at times have the weight of speech.

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A prince should be slow to punish, and quick to reward.

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All love is vanquished by a succeeding love.

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Bear patiently with a rival.

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Enhance and intensify one's vision of that synthesis of truth and beauty which is the highest and deepest reality.

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Men do not value a good deed unless it brings a reward.

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What is deservedly suffered must be borne with calmness, but when the pain is unmerited, the grief is resistless.

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Alas! how difficult it is not to betray one's guilt by one's looks.

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Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.

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My hopes are not always realized, but I always hope.

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There is a god within us.

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Time is the devourer of all things.

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What is it that love does to a woman? Without she only sleeps; with it alone, she lives.

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Why should I go into details, we have nothing that is not perishable except what our hearts and our intellects endows us with.

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Against the bold, daring is unsafe.

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At times it is folly to hasten at other times, to delay. The wise do everything in its proper time.

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Blemishes are hid by night and every fault forgiven; darkness makes any woman fair.

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Courage conquers all things: it even gives strength to the body.

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Everyone's a millionaire where promises are concerned.

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Give way to your opponent; thus will you gain the crown of victory.

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In our leisure we reveal what kind of people we are.

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Make the workmanship surpass the materials.

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Medicine sometimes snatches away health, sometimes gives it.

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Nowadays nothing but money counts: a fortune brings honors, friendships; the poor man everywhere lies low.

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People are slow to claim confidence in undertakings of magnitude.

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Take rest; a field that has rested gives a beautiful crop.

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The burden which is well borne becomes light.

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The high-spirited man may indeed die, but he will not stoop to meanness. Fire, though it may be quenched, will not become cool.

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The man who has experienced shipwreck shudders even at a calm sea.

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The sharp thorn often produces delicate roses.

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The vulgar crowd values friends according to their usefulness.

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Those things that nature denied to human sight, she revealed to the eyes of the soul.

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Thou seest how sloth wastes the sluggish body, as water is corrupted unless it moves.

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To feel our ills is one thing, but to cure them is another.

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What makes men indifferent to their wives is that they can see them when they please.

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Whether you call my heart affectionate, or you call it womanish: I confess, that to my misfortune, it is soft.

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Ah me! Love can not be cured by herbs.

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An evil life is a kind of death.

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Art lies by its own artifice.

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Death is less bitter punishment than death's delay.

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Everything comes gradually and at its appointed hour.

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First appearance deceives many.

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He who can believe himself well, will be well.

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He who says o'er much I love not is in love.

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He who would not be idle, let him fall in love.

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He whom all hate all wish to see destroyed.

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How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.

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I attempt an arduous task; but there is no worth in that which is not a difficult achievement.

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In an easy matter. Anybody can be eloquent.

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It is convenient that there be gods, and, as it is convenient, let us believe there are.

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It is the poor man who'll ever count his flock.

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Jupiter from on high smiles at the perjuries of lovers.

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Let others praise ancient times; I am glad I was born in these.

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Let what is irksome become habitual, no more will it trouble you.

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Let your hook be always cast. In the pool where you least expect it, will be fish.

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Like fragile ice anger passes away in time.

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Little things please little minds.

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Love is a credulous thing.

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Love is a kind of warfare.

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Love is full of anxious fears.

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Luck affects everything. Let your hook always be cast; in the stream where you least expect it there will be a fish.

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Majesty and love do not consort well together, nor do they dwell in the same place.

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Most safely shall you tread the middle path.

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Neglect of appearance becomes men.

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Neither can the wave that has passed by be recalled, nor the hour which has passed return again.

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Nothing is more powerful than custom or habit.

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Often they benefit who suffer wrong.

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The cause is hidden; the effect is visible to all.

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The gods behold all righteous actions.

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The good of other times let people state; I think it lucky I was born so late.

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The heavier crop is ever in others' fields.

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The lamp burns bright when wick and oil are clean.

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The penalty may be removed, the crime is eternal.

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The prayers of cowards fortune spurns.

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