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The religious idea of God cannot do full duty for the metaphysical infinity.
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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest Second, by imitation, which is easiest and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
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It seems to me that, in every culture, I come across a chapter headed 'Wisdom.' And then I know exactly what is going to follow: 'Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.'
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Shrinking away from death is something unhealthy and abnormal which robs the second half of life of its purpose.
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Power is action the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
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Some are made modest by great praise, others insolent.
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Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, confidence, justice.
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The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
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It is not by muscle, speed, or physical dexterity that great things are achieved, but by reflection, force of character, and judgment.
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Humans have certain properties and characteristics which are intrinsic to them, just as every other organism does. That's human nature.
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Our object in the construction of the state is the greatest happiness of the whole, and not that of any one class.
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Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
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One man cannot practice many arts with success.
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Nothing is beautiful, only man: on this piece of naivete rests all aesthetics, it is the first truth of aesthetics. Let us immediately add its second: nothing is ugly but degenerate man - the domain of aesthetic judgment is therewith defined.
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There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so.
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This is the truth: as from a fire aflame thousands of sparks come forth, even so from the Creator an infinity of beings have life and to him return again.
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I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!
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A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness.
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Be at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let every new year find you a better man.
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Art has a double face, of expression and illusion, just like science has a double face: the reality of error and the phantom of truth.
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My different personalities leave me in peace now.
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Before God we are all equally wise - and equally foolish.
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The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.
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The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.
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If you can look into the seeds of time, and say which grain will grow and which will not, speak then unto me.
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All styles are good except the tiresome kind.
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Politics have no relation to morals.
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Time is money.
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The world has grown suspicious of anything that looks like a happily married life.
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Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
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