Famous quotes by Writers


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"The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work"
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"It is one of the superstitions of the human mind to have imagined that virginity could be a virtue"
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"He must be very ignorant for he answers every question he is asked"
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"When I was young there was no respect for the young, and now that I am old there is no respect for the old. I missed out coming and going"
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"The belief in some being who can be the judge of all human matters is a very comfortable one - all wrongs will be righted and all rights will be rewarded"
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"One failure is worth seven and a half successes"
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"Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition"
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"Most people are awaiting Virtual Reality; I'm awaiting virtuous reality"
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"Historian: an unsuccessful novelist"
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"Every man is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day; wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit"
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"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone"
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"Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing"
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"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind: Paul Newman and a ride home"
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"God is a comedian, playing to an audience too afraid to laugh"
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"The art of medicine consists in amusing the patient while nature cures the disease"
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"We must cultivate our own garden. When man was put in the garden of Eden he was put there so that he should work, which proves that man was not born to rest"
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"This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it"
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"Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us"
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"The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it"
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"Of all religions, the Christian should of course inspire the most tolerance, but until now Christians have been the most intolerant of all men"
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"It is not sufficient to see and to know the beauty of a work. We must feel and be affected by it"
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"The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence"
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"The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself"
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"There are truths which are not for all men, nor for all times"
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"The truths of religion are never so well understood as by those who have lost the power of reason"
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"The Holy Roman Empire is neither Holy, nor Roman, nor an Empire"
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"Let us read and let us dance - two amusements that will never do any harm to the world"
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"Weakness on both sides is, as we know, the motto of all quarrels"
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"I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms"
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"I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: "O Lord make my enemies ridiculous." And God granted it"
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