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...even speak well of them if they find themselves on the weakest side, for they have no influence; and thus they will speak ill of them in company.
_Ferox gens, nullam esse vitam sine armis rati._--They prefer death to peace; others prefer death to war.
Every opinion may be held preferable to life, the love of which is so strong and so natural.
Contradiction: contempt for our existence, to die for nothing, hatred of our existence.
_Pursuits._-The charm of fame is so great that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
Noble deeds are most estimable when hidden. When I see some of these in history (as p. 184), they please me greatly. But after all they have not been quite hidden, since they have been known; and though people have done what they could to hide them, the little publication of them spoils all, for what was best in them was the wish to hide them.
Sneezing absorbs all the functions of the soul, as well as work does; but we do not draw therefrom the same conclusions... Pascal, Blaise
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