Small debts are like small shot; they are rattling on every side, and can scarcely be escaped without a wound: great debts are like cannon; of loud noise, but little danger.
Quote by Samuel Johnson
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It is not from reason and prudence that people marry, but from inclination
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No man is a hypocrite in his pleasures
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