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Humanity
Engrave this Quote That man is the noblest creature may also be inferred from the fact that no other creature has yet contested this claim.
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-G. C. (Georg Christoph) Lichtenberg
Humor
Engrave this Quote If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
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Idealism
Engrave this Quote If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
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Ideas
Engrave this Quote Ideas too are a life and a world.
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Identity
Engrave this Quote I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
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Engrave this Quote To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.
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Engrave this Quote There are people who believe everything is sane and sensible that is done with a solemn face.
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Ignorance & Stupidity
Engrave this Quote Just as the performance of the vilest and most wicked deeds requires spirit and talent, so even the greatest demand a certain insensitivity which under other circumstances we would call stupidity.
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Imitation
Engrave this Quote To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
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Innovation
Engrave this Quote We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
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Intelligence
Engrave this Quote The fly that does not want to be swatted is safest if it sits on the fly-swat.
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Journalism
Engrave this Quote The journalists have constructed for themselves a little wooden chapel, which they also call the Temple of Fame, in which they put up and take down portraits all day long and make such a hammering you can't hear yourself speak.
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Learning
Engrave this Quote Erudition can produce foliage without bearing fruit.
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Liberalism
Engrave this Quote Before we blame we should first see whether we cannot excuse.
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Libraries
Engrave this Quote It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
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Loyalty
Engrave this Quote Once the good man was dead, one wore his hat and another his sword as he had worn them, a third had himself barbered as he had, a fourth walked as he did, but the honest man that he was -- nobody any longer wanted to be that.
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Mankind, Man
Engrave this Quote The proof that man is the noblest of all creatures is that no other creature has ever denied it.
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Engrave this Quote Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.
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Mathematics
Engrave this Quote So-called professional mathematicians have, in their reliance on the relative incapacity of the rest of mankind, acquired for themselves a reputation for profundity very similar to the reputation for sanctity possessed by theologians.
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Men & Women
Engrave this Quote Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.
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Mistakes
Engrave this Quote To err is human also in so far as animals seldom or never err, or at least only the cleverest of them do so.
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Morals
Engrave this Quote Every man has his moral backside which he refrains from showing unless he has to and keeps covered as long as possible with the trousers of decorum.
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Engrave this Quote As the few adepts in such things well know, universal morality is to be found in little everyday penny-events just as much as in great ones. There is so much goodness and ingenuity in a raindrop that an apothecary wouldn't let it go for less than half-a-crown...
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Murder
Engrave this Quote It is a question whether, when we break a murderer on the wheel, we do not fall into the error a child makes when it hits the chair it has bumped into.
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Nature
Engrave this Quote We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
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