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Type: Writer
Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 02/28/1533
Date of Death: 09/13/1592




 

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The greater part of the world's troubles are due to questions of grammar.
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Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.
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Man (in good earnest) is a marvellous vain, fickle, and unstable subject, and on whom it is very hard to form any certain and uniform judgment.
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Let the tutor not merely require a verbal account of what the boy has been taught but the meaning and the substance of it:let him judge how the child has profited from it not from the evidence of his memory but from that of his life. Let him take what the boy has just learned and make him show him dozens of different aspects of it andthen apply it to just as many different subjects, in order to find out whether he has really grasped it and make it part of himself,judging the boy's progress by what Plato taught about education. Spewing up food exactly as you have swallowed it is evidence of a failureto digest and assimilate it; the stomach has not done its job if, during concoction, it fails to change the substance and the form of what it is given.
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No-one is exempt from speaking nonsense ? the only misfortune is to do it solemnly.
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to be self-sufficient.
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I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older.
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My life has been full of terrible misfortunes, most of which never happened.
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If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
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Whoever will be cured of ignorance, let him confess it.
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There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
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Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
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Every man has within himself the entire human condition
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There is indeed a certain sense of gratification when we do a good deed that gives us inward satisfaction,and a generous pride that accompanies a good conscience... These testimonies of a good conscience are pleasant; and such a natural pleasure isvery beneficial to us; it is the only payment that can never fail.
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I know that the arms of friendship are long enough to reach from the one end of the world to the other
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Oh senseless man, who cannot possibly make a worm or a flea and yet will create Gods by the dozen!
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To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
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The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
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A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
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I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
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To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.
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There is no desire more natural than the desire of knowledge.
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