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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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Love is a serious mental disease.
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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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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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All learning has an emotional base.
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Truth is its own reward.
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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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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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The most important part of education is proper training in the nursery.
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Opinion is the medium between knowledge and ignorance.
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At the touch of love, everyone becomes a poet.
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The first and the best victory is to conquer self.
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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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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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I have good hope that there is something after death.
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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
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A well begun is half ended.
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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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Man is a being in search of meaning.
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Man is a two-legged animal without feathers.
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A good decision is based on knowledge and not on numbers.
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They do certainly give very strange, and newfangled, names to diseases.
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The beginning is the most important part of the work.
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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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Wisdom alone is the science of others sciences.
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Let us describe the education of our men. What then is the education to be? Perhaps we could hardly find a better than that which the experience of the past has already discovered, which consists, I believe, in gymnastic, for the body, and music for the mind.
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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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Rhetoric is the art of ruling the minds of men.
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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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They deem him their worst enemy who tells them the truth.
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For just as poets love their own works, and fathers their own children, in the same way those who have created a fortune value their money, not merely for its uses, like other persons, but because it is their own production. This makes them moreover disagreeable companions, because they will praise nothing but riches.
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Even the gods love jokes.
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new! 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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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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Attention to health is life greatest hindrance.
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There must always remain something that is antagonistic to good.
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Music is the movement of sound to reach the soul for the education of its virtue.
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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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Knowledge which is acquired under compulsion obtains no hold on the mind.
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When the mind is thinking it is talking to itself.
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Let nobody speak mischief of anybody.
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No one ever teaches well who wants to teach, or governs well who wants to govern.
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He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him.
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When men speak ill of thee, live so as nobody may believe them.
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There are three classes of men; lovers of wisdom, lovers of honor, and lovers of gain.
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States are as the men, they grow out of human characters.
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Wealth is well known to be a great comforter.
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