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"If one does not understand a person, one tends to regard him as a fool."
"Nothing worse could happen to one than to be completely understood."
"The least of things with a meaning is worth more in life than the greatest of things without it."
"Only cowards insult dying majesty."
"How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives."
"Be like the promontory against which the waves continually break, but it stands firm and tames the fury of the water around it."
"If you could kick the person in the pants responsible for most of your trouble, you wouldn't sit for a month."
"Abuse, if you slight it, will gradually die away; but if you show yourself irritated, you will be thought to have deserved it."
"All enterprises that are entered into with indiscreet zeal may be pursued with great vigor at first, but are sure to collapse in the end."
"Old things are always in good repute, present things in disfavor."
"To show resentment at a reproach is to acknowledge that one may have deserved it."
"The only paradise is paradise lost."
"If a little dreaming is dangerous, the cure for it is not to dream less but to dream more, to dream all the time."
"It is often hard to bear the tears that we ourselves have caused."
"The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace."
"Our memory is like a shop in the window of which is exposed now one, now another photograph of the same person. And as a rule the most recent exhibit remains for some time the only one to be seen."
"There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us."
"A kiss may ruin a human life."
"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."
"Man still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin."
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