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Injustice in the end produces independence.
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All men are born with a nose and ten fingers, but no one was born with a knowledge of God.
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In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to time to encourage the others.
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God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh.
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The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
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My life is a struggle.
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If there were no God, it would be necessary to invent him.
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Every one goes astray, but the least imprudent are they who repent the soonest.
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What is tolerance? It is the consequence of humanity. We are all formed of frailty and error; let us pardon reciprocally each other's folly - that is the first law of nature.
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I have only ever made one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord, make my enemies ridiculous. And God granted it.
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We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
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It is hard to free fools from the chains they revere.
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Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
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One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
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It is better to risk saving a guilty man than to condemn an innocent one.
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All murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.
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Nothing can be more contrary to religion and the clergy than reason and common sense.
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The opportunity for doing mischief is found a hundred times a day, and of doing good once in a year.
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Nature has always had more force than education.
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God gave us the gift of life; it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
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Faith consists in believing when it is beyond the power of reason to believe.
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Ice-cream is exquisite - what a pity it isn't illegal.
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We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
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The art of government is to make two-thirds of a nation pay all it possibly can pay for the benefit of the other third.
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Clever tyrants are never punished.
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