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Nothing is to be preferred before justice.
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In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent.
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Strong minds discuss ideas,
average minds discuss events,
weak minds discuss people.
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Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.
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He who is not contented with what he has, would not be contented with what he would like
to have.
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I was really too honest a man to be a politician and live.
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The hour of departure has arrived and we go our ways; I to die, and you to live. Which is
better? Only God knows.
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If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.
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As for me, all I know is that I know nothing.
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He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.
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I cannot teach anybody anything, I can only make them think.
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The fewer our wants the more we resemble the gods.
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No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks
himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government.
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The way to gain a good reputation is to endeavor to be what you desire to appear.
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Life contains but two tragedies. One is not to get your heart's desire; the other is to get it.
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Beauty is a short-lived tyranny.
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The end of life is to be like God, and the soul following God will be like Him.
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True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life,
ourselves, and the world around us.
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Only the extremely ignorant or the extremely intelligent can resist change.
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The shortest and surest way to live with honour in the world is to be in reality what we
would appear to be; all human virtues increase and strengthen themselves by the practice
and experience of them.
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Happiness is unrepentant pleasure.
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When the debate is lost, slander becomes the tool of the loser.
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Be nicer than necessary to everyone you meet. Everyone is fighting some kind of battle.
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The really important thing is not to live, but to live well. And to live well meant, along with
more enjoyable things in life, to live according to your principles.
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Do not do to others what angers you if done to you by others.
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The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity
to enjoy less.
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If you don't get what you want, you suffer; if you get what you don't want, you suffer; even
when you get exactly what you want, you still suffer because you can't hold on to it forever.
Your mind is your predicament. It wants to be free of change, free of pain, free of the
obligations of life and death. But change is law and no amount of pretending will alter that
reality.
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From the deepest desires often come the deadliest hate.
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To express oneself badly is not only faulty as far as the language goes, but does some harm
to the soul.
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One should never do wrong in return, nor mistreat any man, no matter how one has been
mistreated by him.
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As to marriage or celibacy, let a man take which course he will, he will be sure to repent.
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No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a
man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.
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Sometimes you put walls up not to keep people out, but to see who cares enough to break
them down.
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The highest realms of thought are impossible to reach without first attaining an understanding
of compassion.
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Prefer knowledge to wealth, for the one is transitory, the other perpetual.
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