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Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

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There are two insults which no human being will endure: The assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.

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He loved the people just as much as he feared and detested persons.

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She was snatched back from a dream of far countries, and found herself on Main Street.

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If that woman is on the side of the angels, then I have no choice; I must be on the side of the devil.

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Every man is a king so long as he has someone to look down on.

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The greatest mystery about a human being is not his reaction to sex or praise, but the manner in which he contrives to put in twenty-four hours a day. It is this which puzzles the longshoreman about the clerk, the Londoner about the bushman.

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She had her freedom, and it was empty. The moment was not the highest of her life, but the lowest and most desolate, which was altogether excellent, for instead of slipping downward she began to climb.

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Most troubles are unnecessary. We have Nature beaten; we can make her grow wheat; we can keep warm when she sends blizzards. So we raise the devil just for pleasure--wars, politics, race-hatreds, labor-disputes.

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It's one of our favorite American myths that broad plains necessarily make broad minds, and high mountains make high purpose.

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We'd get sick on too many cookies, but ever so much sicker on no cookies at all.

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There are two insults which no human being will endure: The assertion that he hasn't a sense of humor, and the doubly impertinent assertion that he has never known trouble.

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