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Ten mini-maxims

''Necessity is the mother of invention.'' Yes. And ... Veracity is the mother of conviction. Perversity is the mother of contention. Verbosity is the mother of digression. Uncertainty is the mother of hesitation. Specificity is the mother of precision. Parsimony is the mother of constriction. Propriety is the mother of convention. Fixity is the mother of intention. But ... Abstention is the mother of sobriety.

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