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It seems to never occur to fools that merit and good fortune are closely united.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Either you think, or else others have to think for you and take power from you, pervert and discipline your natural tastes, civilize and sterilize you.”
F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.”
François de La Rochefoucauld
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False facts are highly injurious to the progress of science, for they often endure long but false views, if supported by some evidence, do little harm, for every one takes a salutary pleasure in proving their falseness.”
Charles Darwin
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Therefore, the good of man must be the end of the science of politics.”
Aristotle
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Friendship is an arrangement by which we undertake to exchange small favors for big ones.”
Charles de Montesquieu
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The attempt to combine wisdom and power has only rarely been successful and then only for a short while.”
Albert Einstein
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An excellent man he has no enemies and none of his friends like him.”
Oscar Wilde
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The modern mind is in complete disarray. Knowledge has stretched itself to the point where neither the world nor our intelligence can find any foot-hold. It is a fact that we are suffering from nihilism.”
Albert Camus
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Suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of Congress but I repeat myself.”
Mark Twain
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Good actions give strength to ourselves and inspire good actions in others.”
Plato
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Conscience is God present in man.”
Victor Hugo
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Until the men of action clear out the talkers we who have social consciences are at the mercy of those who have none.”
George Bernard Shaw
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Of men who reach my tale of years
Who least has cause to make his moan?
He who has learnt to banish fears,
Who lives and dies unknown.”

Voltaire
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Pleasant it is, when over a great sea the winds trouble the waters, to gaze from shore upon another's great tribulation: not because any man's troubles are a delectable joy, but because to perceive from what ills you are free yourself is pleasant.”
Lucretius, Titus Lucretius Carus - De rerum natura
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I want death to find me planting my cabbages, but careless of death, and still more of my unfinished garden.”
Michel de Montaigne - Essays
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Laziness: the habit of resting before fatigue sets in.”
Jules Renard
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A systematic revolution of basic concepts begins with Einsteinian science. In the very detail of its concepts a relativism of the rational and the empirical is established. Science then undergoes what Nietzsche called "an upheaval of concepts," as if the earth, the universe, things, possessed a different structure from the fact that their explanation rests upon new foundations. All rational organization is "shaken" when the fundamental concepts undergo dialectical transformation.”
Gaston Bachelard
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Yet do I fear thy nature:
It is too full o'th'milk of human kindness
To catch the nearest way.”

William Shakespeare - Macbeth
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Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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My difficulty is only an — enormous — difficulty of expression.”
Ludwig Wittgenstein
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The sad truth of the matter is that most evil is done by people who never made up their minds to be or do either evil or good.”
Hannah Arendt
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One can say that to some extent fascism has added a new variation to the old art of lying — the most devilish variation — that of lying the truth.”
Hannah Arendt
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Every animal loves itself.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero - De finibus bonorum et malorum
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I think that only daring speculation can lead us further and not accumulation of facts.”
Albert Einstein
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Political questions are far too serious to be left to the politicians.”
Hannah Arendt
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To save all we must dare all.”
Friedrich Schiller
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The beautiful is the symbol of the morally good.”
Immanuel Kant
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Nothing so much prevents us from being natural as the desire to appear so.”
François de La Rochefoucauld - Reflections, or Sentences and Moral Maxims
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Some men make fortunes, but not to enjoy them; for, blinded by avarice, they live to make fortunes.”
Decimus Iunius Iuvenalis - Satires
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