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George Norman Douglas was a British writer, now best known for his 1917 novel South Wind.
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- 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.
- A man can believe a considerable deal of rubbish, and yet go about his daily work in a rational and cheerful manner.
- 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.
- 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.
- Never take a solemn oath. People think you mean it.
- To find a friend one must close one eye -- to keep him, two.
- What is all wisdom save a collection of platitudes? Take fifty of our current proverbial sayings -- they are so trite, so threadbare, that we can hardly bring our lips to utter them. None the less they embody the concentrated experience of the race and the man who orders his life according to their teaching cannot go far wrong.
- It takes a wise man to handle a lie, a fool had better remain honest.
- 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.