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What is uttered from the heart alone, Will win the hearts of others to your own.

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A flippant, frivolous man may ridicule others, may controvert them, scorn them; but he who has any respect for himself seems to have renounced the right of thinking meanly of others.

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Where is the man who has the strength to be true, and to show himself as he is?

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A useless life is an early death.

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All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

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All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.

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The way you see people is the way you treat them, and the way you treat them is what they become.

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Which government is the best? The one that teaches us to govern ourselves.

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One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

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The artist alone sees spirits. But after he has told of their appearing to him, everybody sees them.

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Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.

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The Christian religion, though scattered and abroad will in the end gather itself together at the foot of the cross.

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The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone.

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I call architecture frozen music.

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No one would talk much in society if they knew how often they misunderstood others.

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Being brilliant is no great feat if you respect nothing.

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He only earns his freedom and his life Who takes them every day by storm.

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The best government is that which teaches us to govern ourselves.

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On all the peaks lies peace.

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Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

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Thinking is more interesting than knowing, but less interesting than looking.

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Dream no small dreams for they have no power to move the hearts of men.

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Only by joy and sorrow does a person know anything about themselves and their destiny. They learn what to do and what to avoid.

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Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply!

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None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.

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A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

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If I love you, what business is it of yours?

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Girls we love for what they are; young men for what they promise to be.

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Personality is everything in art and poetry.

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A really great talent finds its happiness in execution.

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As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

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He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.

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Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.

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Love does not dominate; it cultivates.

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Ignorant men raise questions that wise men answered a thousand years ago.

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In nature we never see anything isolated, but everything in connection with something else which is before it, beside it, under it and over it.

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Doubt grows with knowledge.

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We know accurately only when we know little, with knowledge doubt increases.

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All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.

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To witness two lovers is a spectacle for the gods.

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The mediator of the inexpressible is the work of art.

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Superstition is the poetry of life.

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This is the highest wisdom that I own; freedom and life are earned by those alone who conquer them each day anew.

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Science arose from poetry... when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.

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Beauty is everywhere a welcome guest.

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In art the best is good enough.

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Error is acceptable as long as we are young; but one must not drag it along into old age.

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Nothing is worth more than this day.

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Age merely shows what children we remain.

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If God had wanted me otherwise, He would have created me otherwise.

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Correction does much, but encouragement does more.

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Many people take no care of their money till they come nearly to the end of it, and others do just the same with their time.

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Love and desire are the spirit's wings to great deeds.

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Those who hope for no other life are dead even for this.

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It is the strange fate of man, that even in the greatest of evils the fear of the worst continues to haunt him.

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Life belongs to the living, and he who lives must be prepared for changes.

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Happiness is a ball after which we run wherever it rolls, and we push it with our feet when it stops.

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Everything in the world may be endured except continual prosperity.

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He who possesses art and science has religion; he who does not possess them, needs religion.

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Music is either sacred or secular. The sacred agrees with its dignity, and here has its greatest effect on life, an effect that remains the same through all ages and epochs. Secular music should be cheerful throughout.

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He is happiest, be he king or peasant, who finds peace in his home.

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There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.

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Nothing is more fearful than imagination without taste.

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