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Nationality: French
Date of Birth: 11/21/1694




 

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We must distinguish between speaking to deceive and being silent to be reserved.
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How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
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If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
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Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd.
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I hate women because they always know where things are.
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We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest.
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It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it.
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Better is the enemy of good.
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Think for yourselves and let others enjoy the privilege to do so, too.
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Originality is nothing by judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another.
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No snowflake in an avalanche ever feels responsible.
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Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.
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Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels.
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It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
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All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
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No problem can withstand the assault of sustained thinking.
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By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
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Paradise was made for tender hearts; hell, for loveless hearts.
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In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to another.
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What then do you call your soul? What idea have you of it? You cannot of yourselves, without revelation, admit the existence within you of anything but a power unknown to you of feeling and thinking.
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I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
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Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
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Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.
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Chance is a word void of sense; nothing can exist without a cause.
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Time, which alone makes the reputation of men, ends by making their defects respectable.
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