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There are only two kinds of people who are really fascinating --people who know absolutely everything, and people who know absolutely nothing.

Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
Arguments are to be avoided; they are always vulgar and often convincing.
Every theory of love, from Plato down teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself.
Philosophy does not regard pedigree, she received Plato not as a noble, but she made him one.
All thought is naught but a footnote to Plato.
Socrates had a student named Plato, Plato had a student named Aristotle, and Aristotle had a student named Alexander the Great.
While wading through the whimsies, the puerilities, and unintelligible jargon of this work [Plato's Republic], I laid it down often to ask myself how it could have been that the world should have so long consented to give reputation to such nonsense as this?
To know how to disguise is the knowledge of kings.
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him.
Secrecy is the first essential in affairs of the State.
Give me six lines written by the most honorable person alive, and I shall find enough in them to condemn them to the gallows.
The infinitely little have a pride infinitely great.
Rest is a good thing, but boredom is its brother.
Independence in the end is the fruit of injustice.
Self-love is the instrument of our preservation.
It is not love that should be depicted as blind, but self-love.
He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked.
Many are destined to reason wrongly; others, not to reason at all; and others, to persecute those who do reason.
The punishment of criminals should serve a purpose. When a man is hanged he is useless.
Judge a person by their questions, rather than their answers.
This poem will never reach its destination. [On Rousseau's Ode To Posterity]
Verses which do not teach men new and moving truths do not deserve to be read.
Work is often the father of pleasure.
The public is a ferocious beast. One must either chain it up or flee from it.
Perfection is attained by slow degrees; she requires the hand of time.
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
He who doesn't have the spirit of his time, has all its misery.
One of the chief misfortunes of honest people is that they are cowardly.
To succeed in the world it is not enough to be stupid, you must also be well-mannered.
Our wretched species is so made that those who walk on the well-trodden path always throw stones at those who are showing a new road.
Common sense is not so common.
If we do not find anything very pleasant, at least we shall find something new.
You can never correct your work well until you have forgotten it.
Work banishes those three great evils: boredom, vice and poverty.
It is an infantile superstition of the human spirit that virginity would be thought a virtue and not the barrier that separates ignorance from knowledge.
In general, the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomy; the mad daughter of a wise mother.
The only way to compel men to speak good of us is to do it.
All the known world, excepting only savage nations, is governed by books.
Truth is a fruit which should not be plucked until it is ripe.
Originality is nothing but judicious plagiarism.
In the case of news, we should always wait for the sacrament of confirmation.
Shun idleness is the rust that attaches itself to the most brilliant metals.
It is dangerous to be right when the government is wrong.
Governments need to have both shepherds and butchers.
If God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent Him.
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
God is always on the side of the heaviest battalions.
I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.
Many people think that if they were only in some other place, or had some other job, they would be happy. Well, that is doubtful. So get as much happiness out of what you are doing as you can and don't put off being happy until some future date.
I was never ruined but twice; once when I lost a lawsuit and once when I won one.
We never live; we are always in the expectation of living.
When it is a question of money, everybody is of the same religion.
The art of medicine consists of amusing the patient while nature cures the disease.
Marriage is the only adventure open to the cowardly.
We cannot always oblige; but we can always speak obligingly.
Weakness on both sides is, the motto of all quarrels.
A long dispute means that both parties are wrong
By appreciation, we make excellence in others our own property.
Animals have these advantages over man: They have no theologians to instruct them, their funerals cost them nothing, and no one starts lawsuits over their wills.
The cat, having sat upon a hot stove lid, will not sit upon a hot stove lid again. But he won't sit upon a cold stove lid, either.
Soap and education are not as sudden as a massacre, but they are more deadly in the long run. Training is everything. The peach was once a bitter almond; cauliflower is nothing but cabbage with a college education.
I have never let my schooling interfere with my education.
I can teach anybody how to get what they want out of life. The problem is that I can't find anybody who can tell me what they want.
The rule is perfect: in all matters of opinion our adversaries are insane.
He has been a doctor a year now and has had two patients, no, three, I think -- yes, it was three; I attended their funerals.
Do something every day that you don't want to do. This is the golden rule for acquiring the habit of doing your duty without pain.
We should consider every day lost in which we have not danced at least once.
The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.
Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.
Get your facts first, and then you can distort them as much as you please.
Familiarity breeds contempt; and children.
We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.
Methuselah lived to be 969 years old . You boys and girls will see more in the next fifty years than Methuselah saw in his whole lifetime.
Let us not be too particular; it is better to have old secondhand diamonds than none at all.
Grief can take care of itself; but to get the full value of a joy you must have somebody to divide it with.
Good friends, good books and a sleepy conscience: this is the ideal life. The conviction of the rich that the poor are happier is no more foolish than the conviction of the poor that the rich are.
It is by the goodness of God that in our country we have those three unspeakably precious things: freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, and the prudence never to practice either.
Fortune knocks at every man's door once in a life, but in a good many cases the man is in a neighboring saloon and does not hear her.
Forget and forgive. This is not difficult when properly understood. It means forget inconvenient duties, then forgive yourself for forgetting. By rigid practice and stern determination, it comes easy.
It is better to keep your mouth closed and let people think you are a fool than to open it and remove all doubt.
I was young and foolish then; now I am old and foolisher.
Keep away from small people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.

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