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Necessity
Engrave this Quote If people should ever start to do only what is necessary millions would die of hunger.
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Neutrality
Engrave this Quote Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.
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Obscurity
Engrave this Quote Be wary of passing the judgment: obscure. To find something obscure poses no difficulty: elephants and poodles find many things obscure.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote I have remarked very clearly that I am often of one opinion when I am lying down and of another when I am standing up...
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Engrave this Quote Man is a gregarious animal and much more so in his mind than in his body. A golden rule; judge men not by their opinions but by what their opinions have made of them.
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Engrave this Quote We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.
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Oppression
Engrave this Quote A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
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People
Engrave this Quote In each of us there is a little of all of us.
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Engrave this Quote I am convinced we do not only love ourselves in others but hate ourselves in others too.
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Perfection
Engrave this Quote Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
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Philosophy
Engrave this Quote We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
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Engrave this Quote If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote We say that someone occupies an official position, whereas it is the official position that occupies him.
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Praise
Engrave this Quote A man is never more serious than when he praise himself.
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Engrave this Quote To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.
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Progress
Engrave this Quote He was always smoothing and polishing himself, and in the end he became blunt before he was sharp.
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Propaganda
Engrave this Quote The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
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Prophecy
Engrave this Quote There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.
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Engrave this Quote With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
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Purpose
Engrave this Quote The greatest events occur without intention playing any part in them; chance makes good mistakes and undoes the most carefully planned undertaking. The world's greatest events are not produced, they happen.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
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Engrave this Quote Do we write books so that they shall merely be read? Don't we also write them for employment in the household? For one that is read from start to finish, thousands are leafed through, other thousands lie motionless, others are jammed against mouseholes, thrown at rats, others are stood on, sat on, drummed on, have gingerbread baked on them or are used to light pipes.
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Engrave this Quote A vacuum of ideas affects people differently than a vacuum of air, otherwise readers of books would be constantly collapsing.
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Reason
Engrave this Quote Reason now gazes above the realm of the dark but warm feelings as the Alpine peaks do above the clouds. They behold the sun more clearly and distinctly, but they are cold and unfruitful.
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