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1802 - 1885, French poet and dramatist

People do not lack strength, they lack will.
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You have enemies? Why, it is the story of every man who has done a great deed or created
a new idea.
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Nothing else in the world... not all the armies... is so powerful as an idea whose time has
come.
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There is always more misery among the lower classes than there is humanity in the higher.
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The word which God has written on the brow of every man is hope.
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What Is Love? I have met in the streets a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was
old, his coat worn, the water passed through his shoes and the stars through his soul.
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Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
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Habit is the nursery of errors.
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There is something more terrible than a hell of suffering - a hell of boredom.
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Good actions are the invisible hinges on the doors of heaven.
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The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
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Diamonds are to be found only in the darkness of the earth, and truth in the darkness of the
mind.
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To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.
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The power of a glance has been so much abused in love stories, that it has come to be
disbelieved in. Few people dare now to say that two beings have fallen in love because they
have looked at each other. Yet it is in this way that love begins, and in this way only.
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What matters deafness of the ear, when the mind hears? The one true deafness, the
incurable deafness, is that of the mind.
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Imagination is intelligence with an erection.
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Common sense is in spite of, not the result of, education.
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There is a prospect greater than the sea, and it is the sky; there is a prospect greater than
the sky, and it is the human soul.
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Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you
have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
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Mothers arms are made of tenderness, and sweet sleep blesses the child who lies therein.
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You ask me what forces me to speak? A strange thing; my conscience.
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To err is human. To loaf is Parisian.
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The quantity of civilization is measured by the quality of imagination.
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To love another person is to see the face of God.
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A day will come when there will be no battlefields, but markets opening to commerce and
minds opening to ideas.
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Ideas can no more flow backward than can a river.
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Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the
body, the soul is on its knees.
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Tears unshed are far more bitter than those that flow.
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Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.
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He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
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Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
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Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent.
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Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.
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The future has several names. For the weak, it is impossible; for the fainthearted, it is
unknown; but for the valiant, it is ideal.
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The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
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Men hate those to whom they have to lie.
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It is not easy to keep silent when silence is a lie.
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Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
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Melancholy is the pleasure of being sad.
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All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
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The need of the immaterial is the most deeply rooted of all needs. One must have bread; but
before bread, one must have the ideal.
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To die is nothing; but it is terrible not to live.
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Knowing exactly how much of the future can be introduced into the present is the secret of a
great government.
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Life's greatest happiness is to be convinced we are loved.
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