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Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.
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We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.
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Love is a serious mental disease.
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Wise men talk because they have something to say; fools, because they have to say something.
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We are twice armed if we fight with faith.
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Old age has a great sense of calm and freedom. When the passions have relaxed their hold and have escaped, not from one master, but from many.
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The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
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The penalty good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men.
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All learning has an emotional base.
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Truth is its own reward.
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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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In politics we presume that everyone who knows how to get votes knows how to administer a city or a state. When we are ill... we do not ask for the handsomest physician, or the most eloquent one.
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A well begun is half ended.
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At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
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They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
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They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
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Thinking is the talking of the soul with itself.
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He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it.
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For the introduction of a new kind of music must be shunned as imperiling the whole state; since styles of music are never disturbed without affecting the most important political institutions.
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Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest of all; but great cleverness and much learning, if they be accompanied by a bad training, are a much greater misfortune.
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Democracy is a charming form of government, full of variety and disorder, and dispensing a sort of equality to equals and unequal alike.
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I have good hope that there is something after death.
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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
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The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
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A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
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All things will be produced in superior quantity and quality, and with greater ease, when each man works at a single occupation, in accordance with his natural gifts, and at the right moment, without meddling with anything else.
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Too much attention to health is a hindrance to learning, to invention, and to studies of any kind, for we are always feeling suspicious shootings and swimmings in our heads, and we are prone to blame studies from them.
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We ought to esteem it of the greatest importance that the fictions which children first hear should be adapted in the most perfect manner to the promotion of virtue.
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Any city however small, is in fact divided into two, one the city of the poor, the other of the rich. These are at war with one another.
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Self conquest is the greatest of victories.
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The people always have some champion whom they set over them and nurse into greatness. This and no other is the root from which a tyrant springs; when he first appears he is a protector.
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The democratic youth lives along day by day, gratifying the desire that occurs to him, at one time drinking and listening to the flute, at another downing water and reducing, now practicing gymnastic, and again idling and neglecting everything; and sometimes spending his time as though he were occupied in philosophy.
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Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
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No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
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There are few people so stubborn in their atheism who when danger is pressing in will not acknowledge the divine power.
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There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
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Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.
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In the world of knowledge, the essential Form of Good is the limit of our inquiries, and can barely be perceived; but, when perceived, we cannot help concluding that it is in every case the source of all that is bright and beautiful --in the visible world giving birth to light and its master, and in the intellectual world dispensing, immediately and with full authority, truth and reason --and that whosoever would act wisely, either in private or in public, must set this Form of Good before his eyes.
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Dictatorship naturally arises out of democracy, and the most aggravated form of tyranny and slavery out of the most extreme liberty.
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Those who intend on becoming great should love neither themselves or their own things, but only what is just, whether it happens to be done by themselves or others.
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Honesty is for the most par less profitable than dishonesty.
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Whatever deceives men seems to produce a magical enchantment.
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Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
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The beginning is the most important part of the work.
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Excess generally causes reaction, and produces a change in the opposite direction, whether it be in the seasons, or in individuals, or in governments.
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He who is of a calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
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new! If the study of all these sciences which we have enumerated, should ever bring us to their mutual association and relationship, and teach us the nature of the ties which bind them together, I believe that the diligent treatment of them will forward the objects which we have in view, and that the labor, which otherwise would be fruitless, will be well bestowed.
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The punishment which the wise suffer who refuse to take part in the government, is to live under the government of worse men.
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