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True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.”
Baltasar Gracian - The Art of Worldly WisdomTranslations available
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True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.

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Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.”
Victor Hugo - Les deux trouvailles de GallusTranslations available
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.”
Voltaire - Letter to the Abbé TrubletTranslations available
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.

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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Maxims and ReflectionsTranslations available
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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.





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A happy life, therefore, is one which is in accordance with its own nature.”
Seneca - De Vita BeataTranslations available
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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.”
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et penséesTranslations available
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All grown-ups were once children (but only few of them remember it).”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little PrinceTranslations available
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A person who thinks all the time has nothing to think about except thoughts. So he loses touch with reality, and lives in a world of illusion.”
Alan WattsTranslations available
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It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Mark Twain - Quotation of uncertain originTranslations available
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It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”
Henry David Thoreau - Walden; or, Life in the WoodsTranslations available
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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.”
Seneca - Epistulae morales ad LuciliumTranslations available
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If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable.

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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde - Quotation of uncertain originTranslations available
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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.”
Albert Camus - L'ÉtéTranslations available
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In the depth of winter I finally learned that there was in me an invincible summer.

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I have laboured carefully, not to mock, lament, or execrate, but to understand human actions.”
Baruch Spinoza - Tractatus politicusTranslations available
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Seize the day.”
Quintus Horatius Flaccus - OdesTranslations available
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Seize the day.





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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Faust: A TragedyTranslations available
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Have courage to use your own reason!”
Immanuel Kant - Answering the Question: What is Enlightenment?Translations available
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Have courage to use your own reason!

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of the fire.”
William Butler YeatsTranslations available
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Where all is well, there is no such thing as injustice. Justice and goodness are inseparable.”
Jean-Jacques Rousseau - Emile, or On EducationTranslations available
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We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.”
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We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust the sails.

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It is found again.
What? Eternity.
It is the sea
Gone with the sun.”

Arthur Rimbaud - L'ÉternitéTranslations available
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It is found again.
What? Eternity.
It is the sea
Gone with the sun.

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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.”
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We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children.

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A smile is often the most essential thing. One is repaid by a smile. One is rewarded by a smile. One is animated by a smile.”
Antoine de Saint-ExuperyTranslations available
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One of the most important and most difficult arts is to unlearn vice.”
AntisthenesTranslations available
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Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.”
Jeremy BenthamTranslations available
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Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.”
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama Translations available
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Intelligence has value only in the service of love.”
Antoine de Saint-ExuperyTranslations available
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The best way to begin each day well is to think upon awakening whether we could not give at least one person pleasure on this day.”
Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche - Human, All Too HumanTranslations available
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To have and not to give is in some cases worse than stealing.”
Marie von Ebner-EschenbachTranslations available
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No man is weak by choice.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and MaximsTranslations available
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