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Ralph Waldo Emerson



    All diseases run into one, old age.

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    Every artist was first an amateur.

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    In art, the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can imagine.

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    Pictures must not be too picturesque.

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    Judge of your natural character by what you do in your dreams.

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    The years teach much which the days never know.

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    Our faith comes in moments; our vice is habitual.

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    The faith that stands on authority is not faith.

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    Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.

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    Genius always finds itself a century too early.

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    All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.

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    It is not length of life, but depth of life.

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    All mankind love a lover.

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    Earth laughs in flowers.

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    Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

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    Nobody can bring you peace but yourself.

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    Peace cannot be achieved through violence, it can only be attained through understanding.

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    The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.

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    Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.

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    Nature and books belong to the eyes that see them.

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    Flowers... are a proud assertion that a ray of beauty outvalues all the utilities of the world.

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    Love of beauty is taste. The creation of beauty is art.

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    For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind.

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    Bad times have a scientific value. These are occasions a good learner would not miss.

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    Men love to wonder, and that is the seed of science.

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    Science does not know its debt to imagination.

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    Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not.

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    To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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    Always do what you are afraid to do.

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    Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail

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    The purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well.

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    For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.

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    How much of human life is lost in waiting.

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    Life wastes itself while we are preparing to live

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    He who is not everyday conquering some fear has not learned the secret of life.

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    It is one of the most beautiful compensations of life, that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself

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    One of the illusions of life is that the present hour is not the critical, decisive hour. Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. No man has learned anything rightly, until he knows that every day is Doomsday.

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    Life is a train of moods like a string of beads; and as we pass through them they prove to be many colored lenses, which paint the world their own hue, and each shows us only what lies in its own focus.

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    Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit.

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    To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived - that is to have succeeded

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    We do not live an equal life, but one of contrasts and patchwork; now a little joy, then a sorrow, now a sin, then a generous or brave action

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    For what avail the plough or sail, Or land or life, if freedom fail?

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    Life is not so short but that there is always time for courtesy

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    Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day.

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    Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air

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    Win as if you were used to it, lose as if you enjoyed it for a change.

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    Life is a festival only to the wise.

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    As soon as there is life, there is danger

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    Don't be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment.

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    All life is an experiment.

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    Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experience.

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    Don't waste life in doubts and fears; spend yourself on the work before you, well assured that the right performance of this hour's duties will be the best preparation for the hours and ages that will follow it.

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    Who loses a day loses life

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    The pleasure of life is according to the man who lives it, and not according to the work or the place

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    Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in, forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day, you shall begin it well and serenely...

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    Only so much do I know, as I have lived

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    Every man passes his life in the search after friendship.

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    With the past, I have nothing to do; nor with the future. I live now.

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    We are always getting ready to live, but never living

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    Every man is a borrower and a mimic, life is theatrical and literature a quotation

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    A man builds a fine house; and now he has a master, and a task for life: he is to furnish, watch, show it, and keep it in repair, the rest of his days

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    Solvency is maintained by means of a national debt, on the principle, ''If you will not lend me the money, how can I pay you?

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    The world is his who has money to go over it.

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    That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased

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    Society is a hospital of incurables.

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    The pulpit and the press have many commonplaces denouncing the thirst for wealth, but if men should take these moralists at their word, and leave off aiming to be rich, the moralists would rush to rekindle at all hazards this love of power in the peo

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    All men in the abstract are just and good

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    Infancy is the perpetual Messiah, which comes into the arms of fallen men, and pleads with them to return to paradise

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    Every actual State is corrupt. Good men must not obey laws too well.

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    Give all to love; obey thy heart

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    Men are respectable only as they respect

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    Good bye, proud world! I'm going home; Thou art not my friend, and I'm not thine

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    Men are what their mothers made them

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    The reason why all men honor love is because it looks up, and not down; aspires and not despairs

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    We feed on genius; great men exist that there might be greater men.

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    Democracy becomes a government of bullies tempered by editors.

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    Consider what you have in the smallest chosen library: a company of the wisest and wittiest men that could be picked out of all civil countries in a thousand years.... The thought which they did not uncover to their bosom friend is here written out in transparent words to us, the strangers of another age.

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    Good men must not obey the laws too well.

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    Out of Plato come all things that are still written and debated about among men of thought.

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    Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon, have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries, when they wrote these books.

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    I am not much an advocate for traveling, and I observe that men run away to other countries because they are not good in their own, and run back to their own because they pass for nothing in the new places. For the most part, only the light characters travel. Who are you that have no task to keep you at home?

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    The measure of a master is his success in bringing all men round to his opinion twenty years later

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    Polarity, or action and reaction, we meet in every part of nature; in darkness and light; in heat and cold; in the ebb and flow of water; in male and female; in the equation of quantity and quality; in the fluids of the animal body; in the systole an

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    We believe that the defects of so many perverse and so many frivolous people, who make up society, are organic, and society is a hospital of incurables

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    There is this to be said in favor of drinking, that it takes the drunkard first out of society, then out of the world.

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    'Tis man's perdition to be safe, When for the truth he ought to die

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    He thought it happier to be dead, to die for beauty, than live for bread

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    The end of the human race will be that it will eventually die of civilization.

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    Other men are lenses through which we read our own minds. Each man seeks those of different quality from his own, and such as are good of their kind; that is, he seeks other men, and the rest.

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    Strong men greet war, tempest, hard times. They wish, as Pindar said, to tread the floors of hell, with necessities as hard as iron.

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    In every society some men are born to rule, and some to advise.

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    Wise men are not wise at all hours, and will speak five times from their taste or their humor, to once from their reason.

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    Let us treat the men and women well: treat them as if they were real: perhaps they are.

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    There are men whose manners have the same essential splendor as the simple and awful sculpture on the friezes of the Parthenon, and the remains of the earliest Greek art.

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    Evermore in the world is this marvelous balance of beauty and disgust, magnificence and rats

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    Beauty without grace is the hook without the bait.

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    Men lose their tempers in defending their taste

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    Nothing astonishes men so much as common sense and plain dealing.

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    It is a lesson which all history teaches wise men, to put trust in ideas, and not in circumstances.

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    If the stars should appear just one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore!

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    Men are lenses through which we read our own minds.

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    Shallow men believe in luck, believe in circumstances: it was somebody's name, or he happened to be there at right time, or it was so then, and another day it would have been otherwise. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

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    Slavery is an institution for converting men into monkeys.

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    The reason why men do not obey us is because they see the mud at the bottom of our eye.

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    To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.

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    The beautiful rests on the foundations of the necessary

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    Never self-possessed, or prudent, love is all abandonment.

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    Commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred.

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    The President has paid dear for his White House. It has commonly cost him all his peace, and the best of his manly attributes. To preserve for a short time so conspicuous an appearance before the world, he is content to eat dust before the real masters who stand erect behind the throne.

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    Treat a man as he is, and he will remain as he is. Treat a man as he could be, and he will become what he should be.

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    All mankind loves a lover.

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    The secret of education lies in respecting the pupil.

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    Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.

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    A good intention clothes itself with power

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    Everything in Nature contains all the powers of Nature. Everything is made of hidden stuff.

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    Be not the slave of your own past ... plunge into the sublime seas, dive deep, and swim far, so you shall come back with self-respect, with new power, with an advanced experience, that shall explain and overlook the old.

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    A good indignation brings out all one's powers.

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    Talent for talent's sake is a bauble and a show. Talent working with joy in the cause of universal truth lifts the possessor to new power as a benefactor.

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    For me, commerce is of trivial import; love, faith, truth of character, the aspiration of man, these are sacred; nor can I detach one duty, like you, from all other duties, and concentrate my forces mechanically on the payment of moneys

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    We rail at trade, but the historian of the world will see that it was the principle of liberty; that it settled America, and destroyed feudalism, and made peace and keeps peace; that it will abolish slavery.

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    To the attentive eye, each moment of the year has its own beauty, and in the same field, it beholds, every hour, a picture which was never seen before, and which shall never be seen again

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    Out of love and hatred, out of earnings and borrowings and leadings and losses; out of sickness and pain; out of wooing and worshipping; out of traveling and voting and watching and caring; out of disgrace and contempt, comes our tuition in the serene and beautiful laws.

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    We love force and we care very little how it is exhibited

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    Manners are the happy ways of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love, now repeated and hardened into usage

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    Too busy with the crowded hour to fear to live or die

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    We live by our imagination, our admiration s, and our sentiments.

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    Some of your grief you have cured, and lived to survive; but what torments of pain have you endured that haven't as yet arrived.

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    The pest of society are the egotist, they are dull and bright, sacred and profane, course and fine. It is a disease that like the flu falls on all constitutions.

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    You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him.

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    Men such as they are, very naturally seek money or power; and power because it is as good as money

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    We take care of our health, we lay up money, we make our roof tight and our clothing sufficient, but who provides wisely that he shall not be wanting the best property of all -- friends?

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    No power of genius has ever yet had the smallest success in explaining existence. The perfect enigma remains.

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    Born for success he seemed, With grace to win, with heart to hold, With shining gifts that took all eyes

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    Death comes to all, but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.

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    Can anybody remember when the times were not hard, and money not scarce?

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    Society is infested by persons who, seeing that the sentiments please, counterfeit the expression of them. These we call sentimentalists--talkers who mistake the description for the thing, saying for having.

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    Manners are the happy way of doing things; each once a stroke of genius or of love --now repeated and hardened into usage. They form at last a rich varnish, with which the routine of life is washed, and its details adorned. If they are superficial, so are the dewdrops which give such depth to the morning meadows.

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    Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.

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    Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail.

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    Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.

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    When you strike at a king, you must kill him

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    A man's wife has more power over him than the state has.

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    What you are comes to you

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    Between eighteen and twenty, life is like an exchange where one buys stocks, not with money, but with actions. Most men buy nothing.

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    Women should not be expected to write, or fight, or build, or compose scores; she does all by inspiring men to do all

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    When a man meets his make, society begins.

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    A nation never falls but by suicide

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    The power of love, as the basis of a State, has never been tried.

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    There are two classes of poets - the poets by education and practice, these we respect; and poets by nature, these we love.

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    Nothing external to you has any power over you.

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    We do not yet trust the unknown power of thoughts

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