Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.
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If there is no God, everything is permitted.
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Arriving at one goal is the starting point to another.
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It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?
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It seems, in fact, as though the second half of a man's life is made up of nothing, but the habits he has accumulated during the first half.
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The greatest happiness is to know the source of unhappiness.
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Happiness does not lie in happiness, but in the achievement of it.
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To live without Hope is to Cease to live.
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Man only likes to count his troubles, but he does not count his joys.
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Neither man or nation can exist without a sublime idea.
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To be too conscious is an illness. A real thorough going illness.
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The most pressing question on the problem of faith is whether a man as a civilized being can believe in the divinity of the Son of God, Jesus Christ, for therein rests the whole of our faith.
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If you like a man's laugh before you know anything of him, you may say with confidence that he is a good man.
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Lying to ourselves is more deeply ingrained than lying to others.
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A real gentleman, even if he loses everything he owns, must show no emotion. Money must be so far beneath a gentleman that it is hardly worth troubling about.
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Love all that has been created by God, both the whole and every grain of sand. Love every leaf and every ray of light. Love the beasts and the birds, love the plants, love every separate fragment. If you love each fragment, you will understand the mystery of the whole resting in God.
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You are told a lot about your education, but some beautiful, sacred memory, preserved since childhood, is perhaps the best education of all. If a man carries many such memories into life with him, he is saved for the rest of his days. And even if only one good memory is left in our hearts, it may also be the instrument of our salvation one day.
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It is easier for a Russian to become an atheist than for anyone else in the world.
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A just cause is not ruined by a few mistakes.
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The secret of man's being is not only to live but to have something to live for.
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Realists do not fear the results of their study.
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Sarcasm: the last refuge of modest and chaste-souled people when the privacy of their soul is coarsely and intrusively invaded.
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Deprived of meaningful work, men and women lose their reason for existence; they go stark, raving mad.
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Dostoevski, Fyodor

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