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To be remembered after we are dead, is but a poor recompense for being treated with
contempt while we are living.
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Travel's greatest purpose is to replace an empty mind with an open one.
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Man is a make-believe animal: He is never so truly himself as when he is acting a part.
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Death is the greatest evil, because it cuts off hope.
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No man is truly great who is great only in his lifetime. The test of greatness is the page of
history.
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In some situations, if you say nothing, you are called dull; if you talk, you are thought
impertinent and arrogant. It is hard to know what to do in this case. The question seems to
be, whether your vanity or your prudence predominates.
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Good temper is an estate for life.
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The true barbarian is he who thinks every thing barbarous but his own tastes and prejudices.
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The love of liberty is the love of others; the love of power is the love of ourselves.
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The most sensible people to be met with in society are men of business and of the world,
who argue from what they see and know, instead of spinning cobweb distinctions of what
things ought to be.
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One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
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Modern fanaticism thrives in proportion to the quanitity of contradictions and nonsense it
pours down the throats of the gaping multitude, and the jargon and mysticism it offers to
their wonder and credulity.
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Great deeds are usually wrought at great risks.
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Though familiarity may not breed contempt, it takes off the edge of admiration.
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Those who aim at faultless regularity will only produce mediocrity, and no one ever approaches
perfection except by stealth, and unknown to themselves.
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To get others to come into our ways of thinking, we must go over to theirs; and it is
necessary to follow, in order to lead.
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If we wish to know the force of human genius we should read Shakespeare. If we wish to see
the insignificance of human learning we may study his commentators.
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Even in the common affairs of life, in love, friendship, and marriage, how little security have we
when we trust our happiness in the hands of others!
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Our friends are generally ready to do everything for us, except the very thing we wish them
to do.
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When a thing ceases to be a subject of controversy, it ceases to be a subject of interest.
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To a superior race of beings the pretensions of mankind to extraordinary sanctity and virtue
must seem equally ridiculous.
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Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty
pride to the great names of antiquity, who drink of that flood of glory as of a river, and
refresh our wings in it for future flight.
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If mankind had wished for what is right, they might have had it long ago.
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Wit is the salt of conversation, not the food.
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No wise man can have a contempt for the prejudices of others; and he should even stand in
a certain awe of his own, as if they were aged parents and monitors. They may in the end
prove wiser than he.
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We may be willing to tell a story twice but we are never willing to hear it more than once.
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The way to procure insults is to submit to them. A man meets with no more respect than he
exacts.
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We do not see nature with our eyes, but with our understandings and our hearts.
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Every man, in his own opinion, forms an exception to the ordinary rules of morality.
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Any one who has passed through the regular gradations of a classical education, and is not
made a fool by it, may consider himself as having had a very narrow escape.
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Grace has been defined the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.
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Hope is the best possession. None are completely wretched but those who are without hope;
and few are reduced so low as that.
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Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
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The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself
hypocrisy.
William Hazlitt

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