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Happiness is a state of activity.
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All men by nature desire knowledge.
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For nobility is excellence of race.
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All art, all education, can be merely a supplement to nature.
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A friend is a second self, so that our consciousness of a friend's existence... makes us more fully conscious of our own existence.
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It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.
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Courage is the mother of all virtues because without it, you cannot consistently perform the others.
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There is no great genius without a mixture of madness.
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To avoid criticism say nothing, do nothing, be nothing.
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Distance does not break off the friendship absolutely, but only the activity of it.
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A likely impossibility is always preferable to an unconvincing possibility. The story should never be made up of improbable incidents; there should be nothing of the sort in it.
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Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.
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Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
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Whatever lies within our power to do lies also within our power not to do.
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All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
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Yes, the truth is that men's ambition and their desire to make money are among the most frequent causes of deliberate acts of injustice.
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The pleasures arising from thinking and learning will make us think and learn all the more.
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Men do not become tyrants in order that they may not suffer cold.
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Suffering becomes beautiful when anyone bears great calamities with cheerfulness, not through insensibility but through greatness of mind.
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All human actions have one or more of these seven causes: chance, nature, compulsions, habit, reason, passion, desire.