"Like all weak men he laid an exaggerated stress on not changing one's mind."
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"He says NO! in thunder; but the Devil himself cannot make him say yes."
"Who is so deaf or so blind as he that willfully will neither hear nor see?"
"The obstinacy of cleverness and reason is nothing to the obstinacy of folly and inanity."
"To spell out the obvious is often to call it in question."
"In saying what is obvious, never choose cunning. Yelling works better."
"Occupation is the scythe of time."
"It is neither wealth nor splendor; but tranquillity and occupation which give happiness."
"The ocean moans over dead men's bones."
"A body of water occupying about two-thirds of a world made for man, who has no gills."
"Praise the sea; on shore remain."
"He that will learn to pray, let him go to sea."
"The sea complains upon a thousand shores."
"The only cure for seasickness is to sit on the shady side of a church in the country."
"The ocean is a mighty harmonist."
"A supreme social challenge."
"No good opera plot can be sensible, for people do not sing when they are feeling sensible."
"The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one."
"A Librettist is a mere drudge in the world of opera."
"Opera in English, is about as sensible as baseball in Italian."
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