What are some aphorisms in "The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail"?

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An aphorism is a wise saying or a maxim. Such quotes often include a bit of wordplay, and they always make us think. Thoreau is one of the most quoted American authors, and his writing is peppered with aphorisms. The authors of “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail ”...

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An aphorism is a wise saying or a maxim. Such quotes often include a bit of wordplay, and they always make us think. Thoreau is one of the most quoted American authors, and his writing is peppered with aphorisms. The authors of “The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail” included quite a few of them in his character’s dialogue here. They include:

I’m myself, Mother. If I’m not, who will be?

Let every sheep keep his own skin.

If I ever met a man who was completely awake, how could I look him in the face?

A man’s conviction is stronger than a flame or a bullet or a rock.

Being a teacher is like being in jail: once it’s on your record, you can never get rid of it.

The only people who ever get anyplace interesting are the people who get lost.

What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable planet to put it on?

Thank God men haven’t learned to fly: they’d lay waste the sky as well as the earth …

And these are just examples from the first half of Act One.

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