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Born: 1970-01-01
Profession: Entertainer
Nation: American
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Unless a man enters upon the vocation intended for him by nature, and best suited to his peculiar genius, he cannot succeed. I am glad to believe that the majority of persons do find their right vocation.

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Money is in some respects life's fire: it is a very excellent servant, but a terrible master.

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Whatever you do, do it with all your might. Work at it, early and late, in season and out of season, not leaving a stone unturned, and never deferring for a single hour that which can be done just as well now.

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Every crowd has a silver lining.

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As a general thing, I have not 'duped the world' nor attempted to do so... I have generally given people the worth of their money twice told.

Tags: Money, Nor, Worth

Clowns are the pegs on which the circus is hung.

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Fortune always favors the brave, and never helps a man who does not help himself.

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He who is without a newspaper is cut off from his species.

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In the United States, where we have more land than people, it is not at all difficult for persons in good health to make money.

Tags: Good, Health, Money

Literature is one of the most interesting and significant expressions of humanity.

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Medicine is the means by which we poor feeble creatures try to keep from dying or aching.

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Politics and government are certainly among the most important of practical human interests.

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Science is the pursuit of pure truth, and the systematizing of it.

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There is scarcely anything that drags a person down like debt.

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To me there is no picture so beautiful as smiling, bright-eyed, happy children; no music so sweet as their clear and ringing laughter.

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Witchcraft is one of the most baseless, absurd, disgusting and silly of all the humbugs.

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Without promotion, something terrible happens... nothing!

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A lovely nook of forest scenery, or a grand rock, like a beautiful woman, depends for much of its attractiveness upon the attendance sense of freedom from whatever is low; upon a sense of purity and of romance.

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Every man should make his son or daughter learn some useful trade or profession, so that in these days of changing fortunes of being rich today and poor tomorrow they may have something tangible to fall back upon. This provision might save many persons from misery, who by some unexpected turn of fortune have lost all their means.

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Men, women, and children who cannot live on gravity alone need something to satisfy their gayer, lighter moods and hours, and he who ministers to this want is, in my opinion, in a business established by the Creator of our nature. If he worthily fulfills his mission and amuses without corrupting, he need never feel that he has lived in vain.

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No man has a right to expect to succeed in life unless he understands his business, and nobody can understand his business thoroughly unless he learns it by personal application and experience.

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Politeness and civility are the best capital ever invested in business. Large stores, gilt signs, flaming advertisements, will all prove unavailing if you or your employees treat your patrons abruptly. The truth is, the more kind and liberal a man is, the more generous will be the patronage bestowed upon him.

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The foundation of success in life is good health: that is the substratum fortune; it is also the basis of happiness. A person cannot accumulate a fortune very well when he is sick.

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The show business has all phases and grades of dignity, from the exhibition of a monkey to the exposition of that highest art in music or the drama which secures for the gifted artists a world-wide fame princes well might envy.

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There is no such thing in the world as luck. There never was a man who could go out in the morning and find a purse full of gold in the street to-day, and another to-morrow, and so on, day after day: He may do so once in his life; but so far as mere luck is concerned, he is as liable to lose it as to find it.

Tags: Life, May, Morning

True economy consists in always making the income exceed the out-go. Wear the old clothes a little longer if necessary; dispense with the new pair of gloves; mend the old dress: live on plainer food if need be; so that, under all circumstances, unless some unforeseen accident occurs, there will be a margin in favor of the income.

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When we get investments wrong, it's because we've misjudged the talents of individuals.

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It is always the simple that produces the marvelous.

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It is only in sorrow bad weather masters us; in joy we face the storm and defy it.

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All changes are more or less tinged with melancholy, for what we are leaving behind is part of ourselves.

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It is little men know of women; their smiles and their tears alike are seldom what they seem.

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The fate of love is that it always seems too little or too much.

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The inevitable has always found me ready and hopeful.

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The great difference between voyages rests not with the ships, but with the people you meet on them.

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But the lover's power is the poet's power. He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung.

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But what do we know of the heart nearest to our own? What do we know of our own heart?

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Old age is the verdict of life.

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There is no corner too quiet, or too far away, for a woman to make sorrow in it.

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Whatever the scientists may say, if we take the supernatural out of life, we leave only the unnatural.

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When men make themselves into brutes it is just to treat them like brutes.

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That is the great mistake about the affections. It is not the rise and fall of empires, the birth and death of kings, or the marching of armies that move them most. When they answer from their depths, it is to the domestic joys and tragedies of life.

Tags: Death, Great, Life

This world is run with far too tight a rein for luck to interfere. Fortune sells her wares; she never gives them. In some form or other, we pay for her favors; or we go empty away.

Tags: Away, Far, Her

Events that are predestined require but little management. They manage themselves. They slip into place while we sleep, and suddenly we are aware that the thing we fear to attempt, is already accomplished.

Tags: Fear, Place, Sleep
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