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George Norman Douglas was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.
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- You can tell the ideals of a nation by its advertisements.
- They who are all things to their neighbors cease to be anything to themselves.
- A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
- There is in us a lyric germ or nucleus which deserves respect; it bids a man to ponder or create; and in this dim corner of himself he can take refuge and find consolations which the society of his fellow creatures does not provide.
- Shall I give you my recipe for happiness? I find everything useful and nothing indispensable. I find everything wonderful and nothing miraculous. I reverence the body. I avoid first causes like the plague.
- It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.
- Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.
- Nobody can misunderstand a boy like his own mother. Mothers at present can bring children into the world, but this performance is apt to mark the end of their capacities. They can't even attend to the elementary animal requirements of their offspring. It is quite surprising how many children survive in spite of their mothers.
- To find a friend one must close one eye -- to keep him, two.
- You can construct the character of a man and his age not only from what he does and says, but from what he fails to say and do.