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Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
Oscar Wilde
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True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.”
Baltasar Gracian - The Art of Worldly Wisdom
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True knowledge lies in knowing how to live.

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We know accurately only when we know little; with knowledge, doubt increases.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Maxims and Reflections
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Happiness is sometimes hidden in the unknown.”
Victor Hugo
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.”
Voltaire - Letter to the Abbé Trublet
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I have decided to be happy because it's good for my health.

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Pessimism comes from the temperament, optimism from the will.”
Émile-Auguste Chartier, known as Alain - Propos sur le bonheur
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I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers.”
Claude Monet
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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 politicus
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Seize the day.”
Quintus Horatius Flaccus - Odes
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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 Tragedy
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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of the fire.”
William Butler Yeats
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Man arrives a novice at every age of life.”
Nicolas Chamfort - Maximes et pensées
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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-Exupery
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One of the most important and most difficult arts is to unlearn vice.”
Antisthenes
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Create all the happiness you are able to create: remove all the misery you are able to remove.”
Jeremy Bentham
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Intelligence has value only in the service of love.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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All grown-ups were once children (but only few of them remember it).”
Antoine de Saint-Exupery - The Little Prince
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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 Human
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To have and not to give is in some cases worse than stealing.”
Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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No man is weak by choice.”
Luc de Clapiers, marquis de Vauvenargues - Reflexions and Maxims
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People are like bicycles. They can keep their balance only as long as they keep moving.”
Albert Einstein
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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 Mandela
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Give every day the chance to become the most beautiful day of your life.”
Mark Twain
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Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.”
William Morris
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Man is the future of man.”
Francis Ponge
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Out of clutter find simplicity ; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
Albert Einstein
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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.”
Paul Valéry - Tel quel
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One should be light like a bird, and not like a feather.

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It's easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”
Mark Twain
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It is never too late to give up our prejudices.”
Henry David Thoreau - Walden; or, Life in the Woods
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