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It has been my experience that folks who have no vices have very few virtues.

To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men.
A universal feeling, whether well or ill founded, cannot be safely disregarded.
Property is the fruit of labor; property is desirable; it is a positive good in the world.
Strength is born in the deep silence of long-suffering hearts; not amid joy.
Then I though of reading -- the nice and subtle happiness of reading ... this joy not dulled by age, this polite and unpunishable vice, this selfish, serene, lifelong intoxication.
The mere process of growing old together will make the slightest acquaintance seem a bosom friend.
We need two kinds of acquaintances, one to complain to, while to the others we boast.
If you are losing your leisure, look out! You are losing your soul.
What joy can the years bring half so sweet as the unhappiness they've taken away?
There are two things to aim at in life: first, to get what you want; and, after that, to enjoy it. Only the wisest of mankind achieve the second.
The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.
No man is good enough to govern another man without that other's consent.
People who like this sort of thing will find this the sort of thing they like.
If I were two-faced, would I be wearing this one?
Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power.
A person will be just about as happy as they make up their minds to be.
Whatever you are, be a good one.
Those who deny freedom to others, deserve it not for themselves.
The shepherd drives the wolf from the sheep's throat, for which the sheep thanks the shepherd as his liberator, while the wolf denounces him for the same act as the destroyer of liberty.
Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
When I do good, I feel good. When I do bad, I feel bad. And that's my religion.
My great concern is not whether you have failed, but whether you are content with your failure.
I can't forgive my friends for dying; I don't find these vanishing acts of theirs at all amusing.
There are people who, like houses, are beautiful in dilapidation.
Our hours in love have wings; in absence, crutches.
Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.
When so many are lonely as seem to be lonely, it would be inexcusably selfish to be lonely alone.
When people are lonely they stoop to any companionship.
Of my friends I am the only one left.
People are lonely because they build walls instead of bridges.
What makes loneliness an anguish is not that I have no one to share my burden, but this: I have only my own burden to bear.
The eternal quest of the human being is to shatter his loneliness.
Isolation is the sum total of wretchedness to a man.
Absence from whom we love is worse than death, and frustrates hope severer than despair.
Absence sharpens love, presence strengthens it.
A slight touch of friendly malice and amusement towards those we love keeps our affections for them from turning flat.
A mixture of admiration and pity is one of the surest recipes for affection.
Affection, like melancholy, magnifies trifles; but the magnifying of the one is like looking through a telescope at heavenly objects; that of the other, like enlarging monsters with a microscope.
The moment we indulge our affections, the earth is metamorphosed, there is no winter and no night; all tragedies, all ennui s, vanish, all duties even.
If an addict who has been completely cured starts smoking again he no longer experiences the discomfort of his first addiction. There exists, therefore, outside alkaloids and habit, a sense for opium, an intangible habit which lives on, despite the recasting of the organism. The dead drug leaves a ghost behind. At certain hours it haunts the house.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
The really unhappy person is the one who leaves undone what they can do, and starts doing what they don't understand; no wonder they come to grief.
Ability without honor is useless.
Natural ability without education has more often raised a man to glory and virtue than education without natural ability.
Separated lovers cheat absence by a thousand fancies which have their own reality. They are prevented from seeing one another and they cannot write; nevertheless they find countless mysterious ways of corresponding, by sending each other the song of birds, the scent of flowers, the laughter of children, the light of the sun, the sighing of the wind, and the gleam of the stars --all the beauties of creation.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

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