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Wit & Wisdom

from Benjamin Franklin, Sir Winston Churchill, William Faulkner, Samuel Johnson, Tennessee Williams, David McCord, Paul Johnson

“Three may keep a secret, if two of them are dead.”Benjamin Franklin, quoted in the Toronto Globe and Mail

“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”Sir Winston Churchill, quoted in the Orange County, Calif., Register

“Gratitude is a quality similar to electricity. It must be produced and discharged and used up in order to exist at all.”William Faulkner, quoted in the Zambia, Africa, Times

“Man needs more to be reminded than instructed.”Samuel Johnson, quoted in The Wall Street Journal

“All cruel people describe themselves as paragons of frankness.”Tennessee Williams, quoted in the San Diego Union-Tribune

“Life is the garment we continually alter, but which never seems to fit.”Poet David McCord, quoted in United Press International

“It is a fact of life that any discourse, on any subject, whatever the occasion and whatever the status of the speaker, will always pleaseif it is five minutes shorter than people expect.”Paul Johnson, quoted in the London Spectator

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