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"Can anything be more ridiculous than that a man has a right to kill me because he lives on the other side of the water, and because his ruler has quarrel with mine, although I have none with him?"

"Human beings must be known to be loved; but Divine beings must be loved to be known."
Religion

"In faith there is enough light for those who want to believe and enough shadows to blind those who don't."
Faith

"Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?"
Patriotism

"There are truths on this side of the Pyranees, which are falsehoods on the other."
Nature

"Thus so wretched is man that he would weary even without any cause for weariness... and so frivolous is he that, though full of a thousand reasons for weariness, the least thing, such as playing billiards or hitting a ball, is sufficient enough to amuse him."
Sports

"The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter."

"If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world."

"We view things not only from different sides, but with different eyes; we have no wish to find them alike."

"Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything."

"Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical."

"Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts."

"Faith is different from proof; the latter is human, the former is a Gift from God."

"In each action we must look beyond the action at our past, present, and future state, and at others whom it affects, and see the relations of all those things. And then we shall be very cautious."

"The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me."

"It is the fight alone that pleases us, not the victory."

"Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary."

"Had Cleopatra's nose been shorter, the whole face of the world would have changed."

"It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants."

"Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same."

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