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Genius is the talent of a person who is dead.

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Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.

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Debauchery is perhaps an act of despair in the face of infinity.

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People don't like the true and simple; they like fairy tales and humbug.

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Historians tell the story of the past, novelists the story of the present.

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If there is a God, atheism must seem to Him as less of an insult than religion.

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The newspaper is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the decent woman.

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A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.

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A painting in a museum hears more ridiculous opinions than anything else in the world.

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That which, perhaps, hears more nonsense than anything in the world, is a picture in a museum.

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