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A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
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I put a Phrygian cap on the old dictionary.
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There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.
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Because one doesn't like the way things are is no reason to be unjust towards God.
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Fashions have done more harm than revolutions.
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When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age.
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He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
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To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.
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Wisdom is a sacred communion.
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Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
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One sees qualities at a distance and defects at close range.
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The brutalities of progress are called revolutions. When they are over we realize this: that the human race has been roughly handled, but that it has advanced.
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Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
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The soul has illusions as the bird has wings: it is supported by them.
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Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
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The omnipotence of evil has never resulted in anything but fruitless efforts. Our thoughts always escape from whoever tries to smother them.
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Try as you will, you cannot annihilate that eternal relic of the human heart, love.
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It is often necessary to know how to obey a woman in order sometimes to have the right to command her.
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When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
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Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
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It is the end. But of what? The end of France? No. The end of kings? Yes.
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A war between Europeans is a civil war.
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A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
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Our life dreams the Utopia. Our death achieves the Ideal.
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Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
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