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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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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde - Quotation of uncertain originTranslations available
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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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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.”
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et penséesTranslations 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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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
Claude MonetTranslations available
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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.

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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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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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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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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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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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People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.”
Albert EinsteinTranslations available
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People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.

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I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”
Nelson MandelaTranslations available
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Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.”
Mark Twain - Quotation of uncertain originTranslations available
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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
William MorrisTranslations available
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Man is the future of man.”
Francis PongeTranslations available
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Out of clutter find simplicity ; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert EinsteinTranslations available
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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.”
Paul Valéry - Tel quelTranslations available
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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.

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