Quotes

What’s the point of quotes anyway?

Here are at least three ways to use the thousands of pithy sayings in our archives.

1. To make your speech or presentation more memorable and effective.

2. To emphasize your point and keep your listener(s) thinking long after you’ve stopped talking.

3. To help you reflect on art, happiness, relationships, nature, history, and more.

 

For myself, I enjoy reading other people’s perceptions about life and their journey. A well-turned phrase connects me with other people on a very profound level. I often put a quote at the end of a letter to someone who may be having a difficult time just to let them know that I sympathize with their situation...and so does Mark Twain! or Anton Chekhov or .... What about you? What fascinates you about quotes?

Click any topic below to read a collection of our quotes.

The Quotes...

45 rules for life

“Approach love and cooking with reckless...

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Acting

One of the first actors is believed to be an...

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Yowling cat on fence
Adversity

“Problems are only opportunities in work...

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Brush salesman

These are “quotes” from the wonderful world of...

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Lucy's Advice Booth - Charles Schultz
Advice

“A country that is big enough to give you...

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Old man
Aging

“In this life the old believe everything, the...

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Bald Eagle
America

“In this life the old believe everything, the...

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Angel Gabriel by Gaudenzio Ferrari
Angels

Only occasionally are angels given names in...

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Tiger
Anger

“Speak when you’re angry and you’ll make the...

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Flower in frame
Art
Art

“Every artist dips his brush in his own soul,...

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Autumn trees
Autumn

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor,...

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Baseball on the diamond
Baseball

By the late 19th century, baseball was widely...

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Chick hatching
Beginnings

A Japanese proverb says: “Beginning is easy —...

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baby footprints
Birth

“There is always one moment in childhood when...

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Sitting Cat

The cat...so many YouTube videos! So many...

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Mount Rushmore
Character

“Reputation is what men and women think of us...

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children building sand castle
Children

“Having children makes you no more a parent...

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Chocolate cupcake
Chocolate

“Nine out of ten people like chocolate. The...

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Common Sense

Common sense is only a modification of talent...

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Two businessmen
Conformity

“If there is anything the nonconformist hates...

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Criticism & Other Zingers

“California is a great place to live, if you...

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bomb about to explode
Danger

“Wisdom consists in being able to distinguish...

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Envelope to God

Dear God, I didn’t think orange went with...

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Skull
Death & Dying

“Living is death; dying is life. We are not...

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“The face of tyranny is always mild at first...

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Diplomacy

“Diplomacy is thinking twice before saying...

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ahhh
Dog Day Afternoon

Ever consider what dogs must think of us? I...

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question mark
Doubt

“Doubt is the vestibule which all must pass...

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pelican fishing
Eating

“Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate...

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apple for the teacher and pencil

“Education is what you get from reading the...

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Boxing
Enemies

“Blessed are our enemies, for they tell us the...

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Dog enjoying the ride
Enthusiasm

“In things pertaining to enthusiasm, no man is...

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checked box
Facts

“A fact in itself is nothing. It is valuable...

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man out cold
Failure

“Failure is the opportunity to begin again...

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Family Portrait
Family

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy...

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Man giving a speech
Famous Last Words

H.G. Wells last words were: “Go away. I'm all...

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father with kids and dog
Fatherhood

“To be a successful father...there’s one...

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Family hour
Fatherhood Wisdom

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so...

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Fear

“To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom...

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Purple flower
Flowers

“Flowers are the sweetest things that God ever...

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plate of spaghetti
Food

“Today I will live in the moment unless it’s...

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Shaking Hands
Forgiveness

“Forgiveness is the fragrance the violet sheds...

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Old Glory
Freedom

Freedom does not mean that right to do...

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Cat and dog friends
Friendship

“One loyal friend is worth ten thousand...

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The Future

In the future, everyone will be famous for...

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Genius

“Everybody is born with genius, but most...

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George Carlin

Some of the best quotes from George Carlin (...

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three gifts

“He was one of those men who possess almost...

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Gratitude

Aesop says: “Gratitude is the sign of noble...

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Grief

“Happiness is beneficial for the body but it...

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Habit

Ovid says “Nothing is more powerful than habit...

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Happy kids
Happiness

“When one door of happiness closes, another...

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Heaven

“Heaven will be inherited by every man who has...

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medal

Often the test of courage is not to die but to...

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History

“Perhaps nobody has changed the course of...

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our home
Home

“A house is no home unless it contain food and...

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Honesty & Integrity

“I hold the maxim no less applicable to public...

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Hope & Optimism

“Hope is that thing with feathers that perches...

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Hospitality

“What is there more kindly than the feelings...

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Vitruvian Man
Humanity

“Man is the only animal that laughs and weeps...

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bandaged guy on crutches
Illness

“There are maladies we must not seek to cure...

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Inspector Clouseau

Quotes from Inspector Clouseau, a bumbling...

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Celtic Cross

Irish blessing used to wish good will to...

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A list of various “laws” reflecting the...

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Graduate

All the many things I’ve learned along my way...

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Menorah

Jewish Prayer for Passover

newspaper
Journalism

“Journalists write because they have nothing...

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Kids jumping in a puddle

Quotes from kids about falling — and staying...

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Kindness

“There is no better exercise for your heart...

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Woman in the mirror
Know Thyself

“It is as hard to see one’s self as to look...

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Glasses, nose and mustache
Laughter

When you say “laugh it off,” you are quoting...

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Judge with gavel
Legal Briefs

“There is no better way of exercising the...

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Lying snake
Lies, Lying & Liars

“A liar begins with making falsehood appear...

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Life

“Old and young, we are all on our last cruise...

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King of the jungle
The Lion’s Share

“The lion and the calf will lay down together...

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Castaway...man on desert island
Loneliness vs. Solitude

“Language has created the word loneliness to...

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red heart

“Love is an exploding cigar we willingly smoke...

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praising God
Love of God

Quotes about loving God, such as “It is always...

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Shamrock
Luck

“Luck is not something you can mention in the...

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Around the Christmas tree
Christmas

“Never worry about the size of your Christmas...

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Man and woman sitting
Marriage

“Marriage is one long conversation checkered...

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Caduceus
Medicine

“Nearly all men die of their medicines, and...

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The mind
The Mind

“The spark of reason cannot be extinguished so...

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Miracles

“For those who believe in God no explanation...

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“It is easier to do a job right than to...

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Baby orangutan
Monkey Business

“Monkeys are superior to men in this: when a...

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Mosts

Most common marriage refusal line: “I think...

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Mother Teresa

Quotes from Mother Teresa (1892–1997), a...

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Luv U Mom
Mothers

“My mother had a great deal of trouble with me...

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Mount Everest

“But now that I was finally here, standing on...

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Movie memorabilia

“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all...

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Howlin' guitarist
Music

“Music is the only language in which you...

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music student

These are actual answers from students on...

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oak tree
Nature

Nature is an infinite sphere of which the...

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Wacky neighbors
Neighbors

“No one may forsake his neighbor when he is in...

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Observations Department

“By the time a man is wise enough to watch his...

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Frases Hechas
Frases Hechas

A good life stretches the wrinkles. [Buena...

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silver coins

How to say something simple with lots more...

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Oscar Levant

Quotes from Oscar Levant (1906–72), U.S....

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doing the laundry
Parenthood

“To be a successful father, there’s one...

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Patriot
Patriotism

“Patriotism is a kind of religion; it is the...

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peace symbol
Peace

“All men desire peace, but very few desire...

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Dog, Cat, Bird
Pets

“You can say any fool thing to a dog, and the...

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Philanthropy

“Honesty is incompatible with amassing a large...

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Capital F

25 common phrases that use “F”...

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father and son hiking
Physical Fitness

“They always give you a personal trainer at...

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William Shakespeare
Poetry

“If language had been the creation, not of...

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Democrat and Republican
Politics

“Those who are too smart to engage in politics...

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Benjamin Franklin

Be at War with your Vices, at Peace with your...

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Word balloon
The Power of Words

“Lord, give us the wisdom to utter words that...

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U.S. Presidential Seal
Presidential Character

“Character is the only secure foundation of...

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road barricade
Problems

“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s...

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Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil

Proverbs...every country and culture has ’em...

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Felon
Punishment

“The public has more interest in the...

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Quotably Wrong

“And for the tourist who really wants to get...

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Rain over mountains
Rain

“Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing,...

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dog and cat relaxing
Rest & Relaxation

“Most of us spend a lifetime going to sleep...

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Revenge

“Revenge is an act of passion; vengeance of...

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Robert Morley

Quotes from Robert Morley (1908–1992), writer...

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A single red rose
Roses

“A life with love will have some thorns, but a...

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Hour glass

Old age is when you're sitting at home on...

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Road signs
Signs of the Times

The first outdoor advertising sign was “Chew...

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Silence

Quotes about silence, like: “Loose lips sink...

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Simplicity

“Beauty of style and harmony and grace and...

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Two sisters with sun
Sisters

“One’s sister is a part of one’s essential...

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Sports

“You can discover more about a person in an...

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Spring trees and flowers
Spring

“If you’ve never been thrilled to the very...

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Success

Who said “Nothing succeeds like success”?...

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Summer fishin' with the dog
Summer

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is...

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happy sun

“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to...

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Tax Man

“The art of taxation consists in so plucking...

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What's this?
Temptation

“Everybody is a potential murderer. I’ve never...

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Duck crossing sign

Ever noticed how many things come in threes —...

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Benjamin Franklin

From the noted 18th Century “Poor Richard’s...

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Celtic Trinity Knot
Thoughts about God

“It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence...

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Man thinking
Thoughts about Thinking

“It is the final proof of God’s omnipotence...

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1, 2, 3

Three rules to live by that are concise and...

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Clock at midnight
Time

“Time is a great teacher, but unfortunately it...

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Sunday drive
Traveling by Car

“The guy who invented the first wheel was an...

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Bubbling cauldron
Trouble, Trouble, Boil & Bubble

“If fortune turns against you, even jelly...

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Oomph...weight lifting mouse

“For us there is only the trying. The rest is...

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the last frontier
The Universe

“Only two things are infinite, the universe...

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Eyeball
Vision

“The most pathetic person in the world is...

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Dahling with dog

“He has all the virtues I dislike and none of...

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Pine trees and mountains

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned...

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Bartender
Wisdom

“Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps...

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Winnie the Pooh and Christopher Robin

Quotes from Winnie the Pooh by A.A....

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Will Rogers

“Eventually you will reach a point when you...

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Wise Sayings

Miscellaneous profound sayings, some giving...

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Words vs. Pictures

“The more we elaborate our means of...

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Farmer on tractor
Work

“People who work sitting down get paid more...

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