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"It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is."

"Women, can't live with them, can't live without them."

"Luther was guilty of two great crimes - he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly."

"Reflection is a flower of the mind, giving out wholesome fragrance; but revelry is the same flower, when rank and running to seed."

"War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it."

"There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other."

"If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don't do it, and it won't happen."

"When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."

"He who allows oppression shares the crime."

"The most disadvantageous peace is better than the most just war."

"The desire to write grows with writing."

"Don't give your advice before you are called upon."

"No one respects a talent that is concealed."

"Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin."

"What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism."

"Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s."

"The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death."

"Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?"

"Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another."

"Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth."

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