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" I die adoring God, loving my friends, not hating my enemies, and detesting superstition. "
" Doubt is not a pleasant condition, but certainty is absurd. "
" The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason. "
" History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes. "
" The public is a ferocious beast; one must either chain it or flee from it. "
" It is not enough to conquer; one must learn to seduce. "
" What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss of energy. "
" All styles are good except the tiresome kind. "
" Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels. "
" There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times. "
" The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs. "
" Nothing would be more tiresome than eating and drinking if God had not made them a pleasure as well as a necessity. "
" In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation. "
" Our country is that spot to which our heart is bound. "
" Who serves his country well has no need of ancestors. "
" All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women. "
" The little may contrast with the great, in painting, but cannot be said to be contrary to it. Oppositions of colors contrast; but there are also colors contrary to each other, that is, which produce an ill effect because they shock the eye when brought very near it. "
" The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it. "
" The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great. "
" A witty saying proves nothing. "
" To hold a pen is to be at war. "
" When he to whom one speaks does not understand, and he who speaks himself does not understand, that is metaphysics. "
" Let us work without theorizing, tis the only way to make life endurable. "
" Illusion is the first of all pleasures. "
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" Optimism is the madness of insisting that all is well when we are miserable. "
" Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities. "
" It is vain for the coward to flee; death follows close behind; it is only by defying it that the brave escape. "
" We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly. "
" He shines in the second rank, who is eclipsed in the first. "
" Tears are the silent language of grief. "
" The secret of being a bore... is to tell everything. "