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" All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows. "
" When something an affliction happens to you, you either let it defeat you, or you defeat it. "
" The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless. "
" The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it. "
" I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself. "
" Absolute silence leads to sadness. It is the image of death. "
" The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it. "
" Gratitude is a duty which ought to be paid, but which none have a right to expect. "
" Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity. "
" I may be no better, but at least I am different. "
" Insults are the arguments employed by those who are in the wrong. "
" God made me and broke the mold. "
" Do I dare set forth here the most important, the most useful rule of all education? It is not to save time, but to squander it. "
" No man has any natural authority over his fellow men. "
" I hate books; they only teach us to talk about things we know nothing about. "
" Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger. "
" Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux. "
" Force does not constitute right... obedience is due only to legitimate powers. "
" Our greatest evils flow from ourselves. "
" It is too difficult to think nobly when one thinks only of earning a living. "
" Take the course opposite to custom and you will almost always do well. "
" I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself. "
" The person who has lived the most is not the one with the most years but the one with the richest experiences. "
" Patience is bitter, but its fruit is sweet. "
" A feeble body weakens the mind. "
" We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man's estate, is the gift of education. "
" We do not know what is really good or bad fortune. "
" Ordinary readers, forgive my paradoxes: one must make them when one reflects; and whatever you may say, I prefer being a man with paradoxes than a man with prejudices. "
Being A Man
" Base souls have no faith in great individuals. "
" What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness? "
" Free people, remember this maxim: we may acquire liberty, but it is never recovered if it is once lost. "