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O Henry
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We may achieve climate, but weather is thrust upon us. O Henry
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It'll be a great place if they ever finish it. O Henry
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Take of London fog 30 parts; malaria 10 parts, gas leaks 20 parts, dewdrops gathered in a brickyard at sunrise 25 parts; odor of honeysuckle 15 parts. Mix. The mixture will give you an approximate conception of a Nashville drizzle. O Henry
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All of us have to be prevaricators, hypocrites, and liars every day of our lives; otherwise the social structure would fall into pieces the first day. We must act in one another's presence just as we must wear clothes. It is for the best O Henry
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There is one day that is ours. There is one day when all we Americans who are not self-made go back to the old home to eat saleratus biscuits and marvel how much nearer to the porch the old pump looks than it used to. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. O Henry
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My advice to you, if you should ever be in a hold up, is to line up with the cowards and save your bravery for an occasion when it may be of some benefit to you. O Henry
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Men to whom life had appeared as a reversible coat - seamy on both sides. O Henry
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A burglar who respects his art always takes his time before taking anything else. O Henry
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Well, little old Noisyville-on-the-Subway is good enough for me... Me for it from the rathskellers up. Sixth Avenue is the West now to me. O Henry
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He wrote love stories, a thing I have always kept free from, holding the belief that the well-known and popular sentiment is not properly matter for publication, but something to be privately handled by the alienist and the florist. O Henry
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But the best, in my opinion, was the home life in the little flat-the ardent, voluble chats after the day's study; the cozy dinners and fresh, light breakfasts; the interchange of ambitions-ambitions interwoven each with the other's or else inconsiderable-the mutual help and inspiration; and-overlook my artlessness-stuffed olives and cheese sandwiches at 11 p.m. O Henry
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The true adventurer goes forth aimless and uncalculating to meet and greet unknown fate. O Henry
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East is East, and West is San Francisco, according to Californians. Californians are a race of people; they are not merely inhabitants of a State. O Henry
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By rights you're a king. If I was you, I'd call for a new deal. O Henry
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There are a few editor men with whom I am privileged to come in contact. It has not been long since it was their habit to come in contact with me. There is a difference. O Henry
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East is East, and West is San Francisco O Henry
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The magi, as you know, were wise men wonderfully wise men who brought gifts to the Babe in the manger. They invented the art of giving Christmas presents. O Henry
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Take it from me - he's got the goods. O Henry
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Kerner's father was worth a couple of millions. He was willing to stand for art, but he drew the line at the factory girl. So Kerner disinherited his father and walked out to a cheap studio and lived on sausages for breakfast and on Farroni for dinner. O Henry
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You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a women's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town. O Henry
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The most notable thing about Time is that it is so purely relative. A large amount of reminiscence is, by common consent, conceded to the drowning man; and it is not past belief that one may review an entire courtship while removing one's gloves. O Henry
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It couldn't have happened anywhere but in little old New York. O Henry
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This fair but pitiless city of Manhattan was without a soul ... its inhabitants were manikins moved by wires and springs. O Henry
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Bolivar cannot carry double O Henry
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I wanted to paint a picture some day that people would stand before and forget that it was made of paint. I wanted it to creep into them like a bar of music and mushroom there like a soft bullet. O Henry
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Of habit, the power that keeps the earth from flying to pieces; though there is some silly theory of gravitation. O Henry
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Those whom we first love we seldom marry O Henry
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There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. O Henry
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She had become so thoroughly annealed into his life that she was like the air he breathed-necessary but scarcely noticed. O Henry
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She is pale but affectionate, clinging to his arm - always clinging to his arm. Any one can see that she is a peach and of the cling variety. O Henry
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I'll give you the whole secret to short story writing. Here it is. Rule 1: Write stories that please yourself. There is no Rule 2. O Henry
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He studied cities as women study their reflections. O Henry
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When a man begins to be hilarious in a sorrowful way you can bet a million that he is dyeing his hair. O Henry
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Most wonderful of all are words, and how they make friends one with another. O Henry
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You'd think New York people was all wise; but no, they can't get a chance to learn. Every thing's too compressed. Even the hay-seeds are bailed hay-seeds. But what else can you expect from a town that's shut off for the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other? O Henry
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Bride knoweth bride at the glance of an eye. And between them swiftly passes comfort and meaning in a language that man and widows wot not of. O Henry
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Humans were denied the speech of animals. The only common ground of communication upon which dogs and men can get together is in fiction. O Henry
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There is no well defined boundary line between honesty and dishonesty. The frontiers of one blend with the outside limits of the other, and he who attempts to tread this dangerous ground may be sometimes in the one domain and sometimes in the other. O Henry
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If a person has lived through war, poverty and love, he has lived a full life O Henry
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What else can you expect from a town that's shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other? O Henry
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In dress, habits, manners, provincialism, routine and narrowness, he acquired that charming insolence, that irritating completeness, that sophisticated crassness, that overbalanced poise that makes the Manhattan gentleman so delightfully small in its greatness. O Henry
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Be always decent and right in your home town; and when you're on the road, never take more than four glasses of beer a day or play higher than a twenty-five-cent limit. O Henry
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In the Big City a man will disappear with the suddenness and completeness of the flame of a candle that is blown out. O Henry
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It brings up happy old days when I was only a farmer and not an agriculturist. O Henry
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In time truth and science and nature will adapt themselves to art. Things will happen logically, and the villain be discomfited instead of being elected to the board of directors. But in the meantime fiction must not only be divorced from fact, but must pay alimony and be awarded custody of the press despatches. O Henry
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There was clearly nothing to do but flop down on the shabby little couch and howl. So Della did it. Which instigates the moral reflection that life is made up of sobs, sniffles, and smiles, with sniffles predominating. O Henry
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Busy as a one-armed man with the nettle-rash pasting on wallpaper. O Henry
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All great men have declared that they owe their sucess to the aid and encouragement of some brilliant woman. O Henry
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Perhaps there is no happiness in life so perfect as the martyr's. O Henry
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It was beautiful and simple, as truly great swindles are. O Henry
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Write what you like; there is no other rule. O Henry
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There is one day that is ours. Thanksgiving Day is the one day that is purely American. O Henry
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Turn up the lights. I don't want to go home in the dark. O Henry
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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of existence. O Henry
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Young artists must pave their way to Art by drawing pictures for magazine stories that young authors write to pave their way to Literature. O Henry
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Women's weapon, water-drops. O Henry
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You can't appreciate home till you've left it, money till it's spent, your wife till she's joined a woman's club, nor Old Glory till you see it hanging on a broomstick on the shanty of a consul in a foreign town. O Henry
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If man knew how women pass the time when they are alone, they'd never marry. O Henry
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It gives men courage and ambition and the nerve for anything. It has the colour of gold, is clear as a glass and shines after dark as if the sunshine were still in it. O Henry
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Yes, I get dry spells. Sometimes I can't turn out a thing for three months. When one of those spells comes on I quit trying to work and go out and see something of life. You can't write a story that's got any life in it by sitting at a writing table and thinking. You've got to get out into the streets, into the crowds, talk with people, and feel the rush and throb of real life-that's the stimulant for a story writer. O Henry
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When one loves one's Art no service seems too hard, O Henry
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If you can't write a story that pleases yourself, you will never please the public. But in writing the story forget the public. O Henry
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Inject a few raisins of conversation into the tasteless dough of life. O Henry
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In dress, habits, manners, provincialism, routine and narrowness, he acquired that charming insolence, that irritating completeness, that sophisticated crassness, that overbalanced poise that makes the Manhattan gentleman so delightfully small in his greatness. O Henry
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When I see a shipwreck, I like to know what caused the disaster...I learned nothing but the glow that wrapped her face when the soup came. That's the story. O Henry
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I'll give you the sole secret of short-story writing, and here it is: Rule 1. Write stories that please yourself. There is no rule 2. The technical points you can get from Bliss Perry. If you can't write a story that pleases yourself, you will never please the public. But in writing the story forget the public. O Henry
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O all who give and receive gifts, such as they are wisest. Everywhere they are wisest. They are the magi. O Henry
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In the consultation of this small, maritime banana republic was a forgotten section that provided for the maintenance of a navy. O Henry
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What else can you expect from a town thats shut off from the world by the ocean on one side and New Jersey on the other? O Henry
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Whenever he saw a dollar in another man's hands he took it as a personal grudge, if he couldn't take it any other way. O Henry
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