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Do not shorten the morning by getting up late, or waste it in unworthy occupations or in
talk; look upon it as the quintessence of life, as to a certain extent sacred. Evening is like old
age: we are languid, talkative, silly. Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little
birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
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After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
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Writers may be classified as meteors, planets, and fixed stars.
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Scholars are those who have read in books, but thinkers, men of genius, world-enlighteners,
and reformers of the human race are those who have read directly in the book of the world.
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Newspapers are the second hand of history. This hand, however, is usually not only of inferior
metal to the other hands, it also seldom works properly.
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Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our
control.
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The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom.
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What a man is contributes much more to his happiness than what he has or how he is
regarded by others.
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One should use common words to say uncommon things.
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There are 80,000 prostitutes in London alone and what are they, if not bloody sacrifices on
the altar of monogamy?
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The word of man is the most durable of all material.
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Truth that is naked is the most beautiful, and the simpler its expression the deeper is the
impression it makes; this is partly because it gets unobstructed hold of the hearer's mind
without his being distracted by secondary thoughts, and partly because he feels that here he
is not being corrupted or deceived by the arts of rhetoric, but that the whole effect is got
from the thing itself.
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To overcome difficulties is to experience the full delight of existence.
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Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they
shall think.
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The appropriate form of address between man and man ought to be, not monsieur, sir, but
fellow sufferer, compagnon de miseres.
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No rose without a thorn but many a thorn without a rose.
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The discovery of truth is prevented more effectively, not by the false appearance things
present and which mislead into error, not directly by weakness of the reasoning powers, but
by preconceived opinion, by prejudice.
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The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.
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In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theatre before the
curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.
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We can come to look upon the deaths of our enemies with as much regret as we feel for
those of our friends, namely, when we miss their existence as witnesses to our success.
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Money is never spent to so much advantage as when you have been cheated out of it; for
at one stroke you have purchased prudence.
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This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the
material and the limit of our consideration.
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Intellect is invisible to the man who has none.
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Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying
human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
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Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the
resurrection.
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