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Laughter is the mind's intonation. There are ways of laughing which have the sound of counterfeit coins.

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As a general truth, it is safe to say that any picture that produces a moral impression is a bad picture.

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Barbarism is needed every four or five hundred years to bring the world back to life. Otherwise it would die of civilization.

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The reason for the sadness of this modern age and the men who live in it is that it looks for the truth in everything and finds it.

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The English are crooked as a nation and honest as individuals. The contrary is true of the French, who are honest as a nation and crooked as individuals.

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Today I begin to understand what love must be, if it exists... When we are parted, we each feel the lack of the other half of ourselves. We are incomplete like a book in two volumes of which the first has been lost. That is what I imagine love to be: incompleteness in absence.

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