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It is not opium which makes me work but its absence, and in order for me to feel its absence it must from time to time be present.

People may or may not say what they mean... but they always say something designed to get what they want.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge we make promise only; pain we obey.
As falls the dew on quenchless sands, blood only serves to wash ambition's hands.
Time is that in which all things pass away.
Passions are the only orators to always convinces us.
Oh, duty is what one expects from others, it is not what one does oneself.
Hard work without talent is a shame, but talent without hard work is a tragedy.
Without a measureless and perpetual uncertainty, the drama of human life would be destroyed.
If we had more time for discussion we should probably have made a great many more mistakes.
He who is not impatient is not in love.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
We are happy when for everything inside us there is a corresponding something outside us.
What the public criticizes in you, cultivate. It is you.
Boredom is the root of all evil--the despairing refusal to be oneself.
Life must be lived forward, but can only be understood backwards.
I always considered statesmen to be more expendable than soldiers.
Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
If your descent is from heroic sires, show in your life a remnant of their fires.
A hallucination is a fact, not an error; what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it.
These have not the hope to die.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
No motion has she now, no force; she neither hears nor sees; rolled around in earth's diurnal course, with rocks, and stones, and trees.

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