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Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
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A dissenting minority feels free only when it can impose its will on the majority: what it abominates most is the dissent of the majority.
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A great man's greatest good luck is to die at the right time.
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A grievance is most poignant when almost redressed.
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A heresy can spring only from a system that is in full vigor.
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A man by himself is in bad company.
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A nation without dregs and malcontents is orderly, peaceful and pleasant, but perhaps without the seed of things to come.
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Action is at bottom a swinging and flailing of the arms to regain one's balance and keep afloat.
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An empty head is not really empty; it is stuffed with rubbish. Hence the difficulty of forcing anything into an empty head.
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Animals often strike us as passionate machines.
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Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love.
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Charlatanism of some degree is indispensable to effective leadership.
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Children are the keys of paradise.
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Compassion alone stands apart from the continuous traffic between good and evil proceeding within us.
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Compassion is the antitoxin of the soul: where there is compassion even the most poisonous impulses remain relatively harmless.
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Craving, not having, is the mother of a reckless giving of oneself.
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Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature.
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Disappointment is a sort of bankruptcy - the bankruptcy of a soul that expends too much in hope and expectation.
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Dissipation is a form of self-sacrifice.
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Every intense desire is perhaps a desire to be different from what we are.
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Every new adjustment is a crisis in self-esteem.
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Facts are counterrevolutionary.
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Faith in a holy cause is to a considerable extent a substitute for lost faith in ourselves.
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Far more crucial than what we know or do not know is what we do not want to know.
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I hang onto my prejudices, they are the testicles of my mind.
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In a time of drastic change it is the learners who inherit the future. The learned usually find themselves equipped to live in a world that no longer exists.
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In times of change learners inherit the earth; while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.
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It almost seems that nobody can hate America as much as native Americans. America needs new immigrants to love and cherish it.
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It is a sign of creeping inner death when we can no longer praise the living.
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It is by its promise of a sense of power that evil often attracts the weak.
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It is easier to love humanity as a whole than to love one's neighbor.
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It is futile to judge a kind deed by its motives. Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.
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It is not actual suffering but the taste of better things which excites people to revolt.
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It is not so much the example of others we imitate as the reflection of ourselves in their eyes and the echo of ourselves in their words.
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It is often the failure who is the pioneer in new lands, new undertakings, and new forms of expression.
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It is remarkable by how much a pinch of malice enhances the penetrating power of an idea or an opinion. Our ears, it seems, are wonderfully attuned to sneers and evil reports about our fellow men.
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It is the around-the-corner brand of hope that prompts people to action, while the distant hope acts as an opiate.
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It is the awareness of unfulfilled desires which gives a nation the feeling that it has a mission and a destiny.
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It is the child in man that is the source of his uniqueness and creativeness, and the playground is the optimal milieu for the unfolding of his capacities and talents.
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It is the malady of our age that the young are so busy teaching us that they have no time left to learn.
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It sometimes seems that intense desire creates not only its own opportunities, but its own talents.
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It still holds true that man is most uniquely human when he turns obstacles into opportunities.
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It would be difficult to exaggerate the degree to which we are influenced by those we influence.
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Man is the only creature that strives to surpass himself, and yearns for the impossible.
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Man was nature's mistake she neglected to finish him and she has never ceased paying for her mistake.
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Many of the insights of the saint stem from their experience as sinners.
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Men weary as much of not doing the things they want to do as of doing the things they do not want to do.
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Nationalist pride, like other variants of pride, can be a substitute for self-respect.
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One of the marks of a truly vigorous society is the ability to dispense with passion as a midwife of action - the ability to pass directly from thought to action.
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Our frustration is greater when we have much and want more than when we have nothing and want some. We are less dissatisfied when we lack many things than when we seem to lack but one thing.
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