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Engrave this Quote Only by the good influence of our conduct may we bring salvation in human affairs; or like a fatal comet we may bring destruction in our train.
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-Desiderius Erasmus
Ability
Engrave this Quote The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
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Actors, Acting
Engrave this Quote If a person were to try stripping the disguises from actors while they play a scene upon stage, showing to the audience their real looks and the faces they were born with, would not such a one spoil the whole play ? And would not the spectators think he deserved to be driven out of the theatre with brickbats, as a drunken disturber ?... Now what else is the whole life of mortals but a sort of comedy, in which the various actors, disguised by various costumes and masks, walk on and play each one his part, until the manager waves them off the stage ? Moreover, this manager frequently bids the same actor to go back in a different costume, so that he who has but lately played the king in scarlet now acts the flunkey in patched clothes. Thus all things are presented by shadows.
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-Desiderius Erasmus, The Praise of Folly
Age
Engrave this Quote The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
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Baby, Babies
Engrave this Quote Everyone knows that by far the happiest and universally enjoyable age of man is the first. What is there about babies which makes us hug and kiss and fondle them, so that even an enemy would give them help at that age?
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Books
Engrave this Quote If you look at history you'll find that no state has been so plagued by its rulers as when power has fallen into the hands of some dabbler in philosophy or literary addict.
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Christianity
Engrave this Quote By a Carpenter mankind was made, and only by that Carpenter can mankind be remade.
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Communism
Engrave this Quote You'll see certain Pythagorean whose belief in communism of property goes to such lengths that they pick up anything lying about unguarded, and make off with it without a qualm of conscience as if it had come to them by law.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Nothing is as peevish and pedantic as men's judgments of one another.
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Deception/Lying
Engrave this Quote Man's mind is so formed that it is far more susceptible to falsehood than to truth.
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Doctors
Engrave this Quote The more ignorant, reckless and thoughtless a doctor is, the higher his reputation soars even amongst powerful princes.
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Enthusiasm
Engrave this Quote Great eagerness in the pursuit of wealth, pleasure, or honor, cannot exist without sin.
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Evil
Engrave this Quote Nature, more of a stepmother than a mother in several ways, has sown a seed of evil in the hearts of mortals, especially in the more thoughtful men, which makes them dissatisfied with their own lot and envious of another s.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
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Fools, Foolishness
Engrave this Quote The entire world is my temple, and a very fine one too, if I'm not mistaken, and I'll never lack priests to serve it as long as there are men.
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Engrave this Quote In short, no association or alliance can be happy or stable without me. People can't long tolerate a ruler, nor can a master his servant, a maid her mistress, a teacher his pupil, a friend his friend nor a wife her husband, a landlord his tenant, a soldier his comrade nor a party-goer his companion, unless they sometimes have illusions about each other, make use of flattery, and have the sense to turn a blind eye and sweeten life for themselves with the honey of folly.
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Engrave this Quote Fools are without number.
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Genius
Engrave this Quote Everybody hates a prodigy, detests an old head on young shoulders.
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Grief, Grieving
Engrave this Quote Time takes away the grief of men.
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Habits
Engrave this Quote A nail is driven out by another nail. Habit is overcome by habit.
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Happiness
Engrave this Quote It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
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Humanity
Engrave this Quote Now I believe I can hear the philosophers protesting that it can only be misery to live in folly, illusion, deception and ignorance, but it isn't --it's human.
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Hunting
Engrave this Quote They take unbelievable pleasure in the hideous blast of the hunting horn and baying of the hounds. Dogs dung smells sweet as cinnamon to them.
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Illusion
Engrave this Quote What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
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Insanity
Engrave this Quote I doubt if a single individual could be found from the whole of mankind free from some form of insanity. The only difference is one of degree. A man who sees a gourd and takes it for his wife is called insane because this happens to very few people.
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