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"And all people live, Not by reason of any care they have for themselves, But by the love for them that is in other people."

"All, everything that I understand, I understand only because I love."

"There is no greatness where there is no simplicity, goodness and truth."

"In all history there is no war which was not hatched by the governments, the governments alone, independent of the interests of the people, to whom war is always pernicious even when successful."

"The greater the state, the more wrong and cruel its patriotism, and the greater is the sum of suffering upon which its power is founded."

"We must not only cease our present desire for the growth of the state, but we must desire its decrease, its weakening."

"What an immense mass of evil must result... from allowing men to assume the right of anticipating what may happen."

"Even in the valley of the shadow of death, two and two do not make six."

"Nietzsche was stupid and abnormal."

"It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness."

"If you want to be happy, be."

"Everyone thinks of changing the world, but no one thinks of changing himself."

"If there existed no external means for dimming their consciences, one-half of the men would at once shoot themselves, because to live contrary to one's reason is a most intolerable state, and all men of our time are in such a state."

"The law condemns and punishes only actions within certain definite and narrow limits; it thereby justifies, in a way, all similar actions that lie outside those limits."

"Music is the shorthand of emotion."
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"A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite."

"Art is not a handicraft, it is the transmission of feeling the artist has experienced."

"What a strange illusion it is to suppose that beauty is goodness."

"He never chooses an opinion; he just wears whatever happens to be in style."

"The two most powerful warriors are patience and time."

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