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Every invalid is a prisoner.

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Nothing is slower than the true birth of a man.

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Of all our games, love's play is the only one which threatens to unsettle the soul.

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There are books which one should not attempt before having passed the age of forty.

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I have never seasoned a truth with the sauce of a lie in order to digest it more easily.

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Everything turns out to be valuable that one does for one's self without thought of profit.

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Human beings betray their worst failings when they marvel to find that a world ruler is neither foolishly indolent, presumptuous, nor cruel.

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Men who care passionately for women attach themselves at least as much to the temple and to the accessories of the cult as to their goddess herself.

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A young musician plays scales in his room and only bores his family. A beginning writer, on the other hand, sometimes has the misfortune of getting into print.

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The true birthplace is that wherein for the first time one looks intelligently upon oneself; my first homelands have been books, and to a lesser degree schools.

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