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It is my heart-warmed and world-embracing Christmas hope and aspiration that all of us, the high, the low, the rich, the poor, the admired, the despised, the loved, the hated, the civilized, the savage (every man and brother of us all throughout the whole earth), may eventually be gathered together in a heaven of everlasting rest and peace and bliss, except the inventor of the telephone.
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Mark Twain Quotes

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Is man a savage at heart, skinned o'er with fragile Manners? Or is savagery but a faint taint in the natural man's gentility, which erupts now and again like pimples on an angel's arse?
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John Barth Quotes

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Books have to be read: worse luck it takes so long a time. It is the only way of discovering what they contain. A few savage tribes eat them, but reading is the only method of assimilation revealed to the West.
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E.M. Forster Quotes

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There are many humorous things in the world, among them the white man's notion that he is less savage than the other savages.
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Mark Twain Quotes

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Is man's civilization only a wrappage, through which the savage nature of him can still burst, infernal as ever?
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Thomas Carlyle Quotes

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Nothing is more curious than the almost savage hostility that humor excites in those who lack it.
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George Saintsbury Quotes

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The most savage controversies are those about matters as to which there is no good evidence either way. Persecution is used in theology, not in arithmetic.
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Bertrand Russell Quotes

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