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“I believe it is universally understood and acknowledged that all men will ever act correctly, unless they have a motive to do otherwise.”

Abraham Lincoln. A Treasury of Lincoln Quotations by Fred Kerner, 1965.


By the old common-law of England, anything which had caused the death of a human being became forfeit to the sovereign or lord of the manor, and was to be sold for the profit of the poor.

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.


Eels were considered a delicacy in ancient Rome, and they were a particular favorite of Emperor Heliogabalus, who fattened conger eels in tubs, feeding them the flesh of Christian martyrs. From this practice, perhaps, comes the legend that eels have a predilection for human flesh.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.

“We once had a chimp who could sort photographs of apes and human beings into two piles. Apes on one pile, humans on the other. The only trouble was, every time she got to her own picture, she put it on the pile with the human beings.”

– Dr. Geoffrey H. Bourne, Yerkes Primate Research Center. Bartlett’s Unfamiliar Quotations by Leonard Levinson, 1971.

“I expect to pass through this world but once. Any good thing, therefore, that I can do, or any kindness I can show, to any fellow human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.”

The Rainbow Calendar by Kate Sanborn, 1888.