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The safest course is to do nothing against one's conscience. With this secret, we can enjoy life and have no fear from death.
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The ear is the avenue to the heart.
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Business is the salt of life.
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Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.
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The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.
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The ideal form of government is democracy tempered with assassination.
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When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics.
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Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.
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Everything is for the best in this best of possible worlds.
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What a heavy burden is a name that has become too famous.
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Judge a man by his questions rather than his answers.
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We cannot wish for that we know not.
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It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
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It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
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All styles are good except the tiresome kind.
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The progress of rivers to the ocean is not so rapid as that of man to error.
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Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
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He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first.
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He is a hard man who is only just, and a sad one who is only wise.
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You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
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Men use thought only to justify their wrong doings, and employ speech only to conceal their thoughts.
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To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
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One great use of words is to hide our thoughts.
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He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
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Love is a canvas furnished by nature and embroidered by imagination.
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