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It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
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The human mind cannot be absolutely destroyed with the body, but there remains of it something which is eternal.
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And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.
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Contempt for happiness is usually contempt for other people's happiness, and is an elegant disguise for hatred of the human race.
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The condition of man... is a condition of war of everyone against everyone.
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Freedom in general may be defined as the absence of obstacles to the realization of desires.
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Those who are condemned to death affect sometimes a constancy and contempt for death which is only the fear of facing it; so that one may say that this constancy and contempt are to their mind what the bandage is to their eyes.
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Men are not only prone to forget benefits and injuries; they even hate those who have obliged them, and cease to hate those who have injured them. The necessity of revenging an injury or of recompensing a benefit seems a slavery to which they are unwilling to submit.
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What a book a devil's chaplain might write on the clumsy, wasteful, blundering, low, and horribly cruel work of nature!
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From my rotting body, flowers shall grow and I am in them and that is eternity.
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Not necessity, not desire - no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything - health, food, a place to live, entertainment - they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.
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I have no fear of photography as long as it cannot be used in heaven and in hell.
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Piety is not a goal but a means to attain through the purest peace of mind the highest culture.
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Truth, like light, blinds. Falsehood, on the contrary, is a beautiful twilight that enhances every object.
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Agriculture is now a motorized food industry, the same thing in its essence as the production of corpses in the gas chambers and the extermination camps, the same thing as blockades and the reduction of countries to famine, the same thing as the manufacture of hydrogen bombs.
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Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
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A useless life is an early death.
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In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
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There are two things which a democratic people will always find very difficult - to begin a war and to end it.
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In politics shared hatreds are almost always the basis of friendships.
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Men are never really willing to die except for the sake of freedom: therefore they do not believe in dying completely.
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My mother said to me, 'If you are a soldier, you will become a general. If you are a monk, you will become the Pope.' Instead, I was a painter, and became Picasso.
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