Mark this well, you proud men of action! you are, after all, nothing but unconscious instruments of the men of thought.
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The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.
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Whenever books are burned men also in the end are burned.
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Whatever tears one may shed, in the end one always blows one's nose.
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Experience is a good school, but the fees are high.
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Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.
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God will forgive me, that's his business.
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Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by fiction.
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Oh what lies lurk in kisses!
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If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin they would never have found time to conquer the world.
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Matrimony is the high sea for which no compass has yet to be invented.
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In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.
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In politics, as in life, we must above all things wish only for the attainable.
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The foolish race of mankind are swarming below in the night; they shriek and rage and quarrel -- and all of them are right.
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Whether a revolutions succeeds or fails people of great hearts will always be sacrificed to it.
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While we are indifferent to our good qualities, we keep on deceiving ourselves in regard to our faults, until we come to look on them as virtues.
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Heine, Heinrich

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