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Deceit

When a person cannot deceive himself the chances are against his being able to deceive other people.
· Mark Twain

Water

Water, taken in moderation, cannot hurt anybody.
· Mark Twain

Truth

Truth is the most valuable thing we have. Let us economize it.
· Mark Twain

Truth

Truth is mighty and will prevail. There is nothing wrong with this, except that it ain’t so.
· Mark Twain

Success

To succeed in life, you need two things: ignorance and confidence.
· Mark Twain

Awards

To refuse awards is another way of accepting them with more noise than is normal.
· Mark Twain

People

There are basically two types of people. People who accomplish things, and people who claim to have accomplished things. The first group is less crowded.
· Mark Twain

Pessimist

There is no sadder sight than a young pessimist.
· Mark Twain

Hanging

There are times when one would like to hang the whole human race, and finish the farce.
· Mark Twain

The Star Spangled Banner

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!
· Francis Scott Key, 1814