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To add a library to a house is to give that house a soul.
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Laws are silent in times of war.
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Cultivation of the mind is as necessary as food to the body.
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Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
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Extreme justice is extreme injustice.
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Live as brave men; and if fortune is adverse, front its blows with brave hearts.
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Men ought to be most annoyed by the sufferings which come from their own faults.
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Friendship is the only thing in this world, the usefulness of which all mankind are in
agreement.
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The welfare of the people is the ultimate law.
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No one can give you better advice than yourself.
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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. For what
is the worth of human life, unless it is woven into the life of our ancestors by the records of
history?
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We are bound by the law, so that we may be free.
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What is dignity without honesty?
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Men decide far more problems by hate, love, lust, rage, sorrow, joy, hope, fear, illusion or
some other inward emotion, than by reality, authority, any legal standard, judicial precedent,
or statute.
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Politicians are not born; they are excreted.
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Confidence is that feeling by which the mind embarks in great and honorable courses with a
sure hope and trust in itself.
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It is a great thing to know your vices.
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A mind without instruction can no more bear fruit than can a field, however fertile, without
cultivation.
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Ability without honor is useless.
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My precept to all who build is, that the owner should be an ornament to the house, and not
the house to the owner.
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What an ugly beast is the ape, and how like us.
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One should eat to live, not live to eat.
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Silence is one of the great arts of conversation.
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We should measure affection, not like youngsters by the ardor of its passion, but by its
strength and constancy.
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The life given us, by nature is short; but the memory of a well-spent life is eternal.
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I criticize by creation, not by finding fault.
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No man can be brave who thinks pain the greatest evil; nor temperate, who considers
pleasure the hightest good.
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He does not seem to me to be a free man who does not sometimes do nothing.
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By doubting we come at truth.
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I follow nature as my surest guide, and resign myself, with implicit obedience, to her sacred
ordinances.
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Nothing is more noble, nothing more venerable than fidelity. Faithfulness and truth are the
most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.
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It is as hard for the good to suspect evil, as it is for the bad to suspect good.
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The pursuit, even of the best things, ought to be calm and tranquil.
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Too much liberty leads both men and nations to slavery.
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The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
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We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.
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If the soul has food for study and learning, nothing is more delightful than an old age of
leisure.
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