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“It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyze before we can be happy in this world”
“Most books today seem to have been written overnight from books read that day”
“Eminence without merit earns deference without esteem.”
“Someone said of a very great egotist: `He would burn your house down to cook himself a couple of eggs.'”
“All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate”
“If a woman were about to proceed to her execution, she would demand a little time to perfect her toilet”
“People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.”
“I would say of metaphysicians what Scaliger said of the Basques: they are said to understand each other, but I do not believe it”
“The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public”
“It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.”
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