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" For pleasures past I do not grieve, nor perils gathering near; My greatest grief is that I leave nothing that claims a tear. "
" What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman. "
" There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state? "
" Now hatred is by far the longest pleasure; men love in haste but they detest at leisure. "
" Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen. "
" To withdraw myself from myself has ever been my sole, my entire, my sincere motive in scribbling at all. "
" What is the worst of woes that wait on age? What stamps the wrinkle deeper on the brow? To view each loved one blotted from life's page, And be alone on earth, as I am now. "
" Fame is the thirst of youth. "
" Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at? "
" The 'good old times' - all times when old are good. "
" A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant. "
" There are four questions of value in life, Don Octavio. What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same. Only love. "
" Be thou the rainbow in the storms of life. The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, and tints tomorrow with prophetic ray. "
" The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice. "
" Out of chaos God made a world, and out of high passions comes a people. "
" But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. "
" I love not man the less, but Nature more. "
" Smiles form the channels of a future tear. "
" Prolonged endurance tames the bold. "
" Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication. "
" Shakespeare's name, you may depend on it, stands absurdly too high and will go down. "
" Folly loves the martyrdom of fame. "
" Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life - and if Virtue is not its own reward I don't know any other stipend annexed to it. "
" I do detest everything which is not perfectly mutual. "
" Who tracks the steps of glory to the grave? "
" He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. "
" Women hate everything which strips off the tinsel of sentiment, and they are right, or it would rob them of their weapons. "
" I know that two and two make four - and should be glad to prove it too if I could - though I must say if by any sort of process I could convert 2 and 2 into five it would give me much greater pleasure. "
" This is the patent age of new inventions for killing bodies, and for saving souls. All propagated with the best intentions. "
" Cervantes smiled Spain's chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country. "
" I am sure of nothing so little as my own intentions. "