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'A tavern is a place where madness is sold by the bottle.'

'A wise man should have money in his head, but not in his heart.'

'As love without esteem is capricious and volatile; esteem without love is languid and cold.'

'Better belly burst than good liquor be lost.'

'Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.'

'Every dog must have his day.'

'Every man desires to live long, but no man wishes to be old.'

'He was a bold man that first eat on oyster.'

'I never knew a man come to greatness or eminence who lay abed late in the morning.'

'I wonder what fool it was that first invented kissing.'

'Invention is the talent of youth, as judgment is of age.'

'It is in men as in soils where sometimes there is a vein of gold which the owner knows not'

'Laws are like cobwebs, which may catch small flies, but let wasps and hornets break through'

'May you live every day of your life.'

'No man was ever so completely skilled in the conduct of life, as not to receive new information from age and experience.'

'Promises and pie-crust are made to be broken.'

'Satire is a sort of glass, wherein beholders do generally discover everybody's face but their own.'

'There is nothing constant in this world but inconsistency.'

'There were many times my pants were so thin I could sit on a dime and tell if it was heads or tails.'

'We are so fond on one another because our ailments are the same.'

'We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another'

'When a true genius appears, you can know him by this sign: that all the dunces are in a confederacy against him.'

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Died in Dublin, Dublin
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Fortunate indeed the child who first sees the light of day in that romantic town - Andrew Carnegie
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Battle of Poitiers - 1356, Great Plague of London at its Height - 1665, 'Lord Haw-Haw' sentenced to death - 1945, First Traffic Wardens in London - 1960, First Glastonbury - 1970, First Episode of Fawlty Towers - 1975, Murder of Carl Bridgewater - 1978, Southall Train Crash - 1997
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