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"It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style."
"There is only one class in the community that thinks more about money than the rich, and that is the poor."
"It is better to have a permanent income than to be fascinating."
"Duty is what one expects from others."
"A man's very highest moment is, I have no doubt at all, when he kneels in the dust, and beats his breast, and tells all the sins of his life."
"The only difference between the saint and the sinner is that every saint has a past, and every sinner has a future."
"The sick do not ask if the hand that smoothes their pillow is pure, nor the dying care if the lips that touch their brow have known the kiss of sin."
"Wickedness is a myth invented by good people to account for the curious attraction of others."
"Music is the art which is most nigh to tears and memory."
"Patriotism is the virtue of the vicious."
"When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers."
"Most people are other people. Their thoughts are someone else's opinions, their lives a mimicry, their passions a quotation."
"More than half modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read."
"But what is the difference between literature and journalism? Journalism is unreadable and literature is not read. That is all."
"It is perfectly monstrous the way people go about, nowadays, saying things against one behind one's back that are absolutely and entirely true."
"Lots of people act well, but few people talk well. This shows that talking is the more difficult of the two."
"Punctuality is the thief of time."
"It is only the modern that ever becomes old-fashioned."
"As long as war is regarded as wicked it will always have its fascinations. When it is looked upon as vulgar, it will cease to be popular."
War & Peace
"Anybody can make history; only a great man can write it."
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