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" Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another's money. Idiots! "
" A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes. "
" It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us. "
" Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity! and the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company. "
" Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour. "
" Politeness is to human nature what warmth is to wax. "
" We forfeit three-quarters of ourselves in order to be like other people. "
" The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming. "
" For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible. "
" The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him. "
" Religion is the masterpiece of the art of animal training, for it trains people as to how they shall think. "
" The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable. "
" Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see. "
" Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another. "
" Wicked thoughts and worthless efforts gradually set their mark on the face, especially the eyes. "
" Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection. "
" As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself. "
" Obstinacy is the result of the will forcing itself into the place of the intellect. "
" Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability. "
" It's the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards. "
" The greatest achievements of the human mind are generally received with distrust. "
" Money is human happiness in the abstract; he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money. "
" Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost. "
" Reading is equivalent to thinking with someone else's head instead of with one's own. "
" Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them. "
" Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other. "
" In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head. "
" The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness. "
" Every nation ridicules other nations, and all are right. "
" Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world. "
" The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for. "