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Belief
Engrave this Quote Man makes holy what he believes.
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-Ernest Renan
Christianity
Engrave this Quote Let us pardon him his hope of a vain apocalypse, and of a second coming in great triumph upon the clouds of heaven. Perhaps these were the errors of others rather than his own; and if it be true that he himself shared the general illusion, what matters it, since his dream rendered him strong against death, and sustained him in a struggle to which he might otherwise have been unequal?
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Engrave this Quote Never has any one been less a priest than Jesus, never a greater enemy of forms, which stifle religion under the pretext of protecting it. By this we are all his disciples and his successors; by this he has laid the eternal foundation-stone of true religion; and if religion is essential to humanity, he has by this deserved the Divine rank the world has accorded him.
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Communism
Engrave this Quote Communism is in conflict with human nature.
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Control
Engrave this Quote To be free in an age like ours, one must be in a position of authority. That in itself would be enough to make me ambitious.
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Death
Engrave this Quote I can die when I wish to: that is my elixir of life.
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Goodness
Engrave this Quote To conceive the good, in fact, is not sufficient; it must be made to succeed among men. To accomplish this less pure paths must be followed.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote The greatest men of a nation are those it puts to death.
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Heroes/Heroism
Engrave this Quote As a rule, all heroism is due to a lack of reflection, and thus it is necessary to maintain a mass of imbeciles. If they once understand themselves the ruling men will be lost.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote Our opinions become fixed at the point where we stop thinking.
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Pessimism
Engrave this Quote When people complain of life, it is almost always because they have asked impossible things of it.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote The simplest school boy is now familiar with truths for which Archimedes would have sacrificed his life.
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Sacrifice
Engrave this Quote As soon as sacrifice becomes a duty and necessity to mankind. I see no limit to the horizon which opens before him.
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Engrave this Quote No idea can succeed except at the expense of sacrifice; no one ever escapes without enduring strain from the struggle of life.
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Spirituality
Engrave this Quote He whom God has touched will always be a being apart: he is, whatever he may do, a stranger among men; he is marked by a sign.
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