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Admiration
Engrave this Quote The only things one can admire at length are those one admires without knowing why.
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-Jean Rostand
Age
Engrave this Quote A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
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Agreement
Engrave this Quote It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.
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Assumptions
Engrave this Quote One must credit an hypothesis with all that has had to be discovered in order to demolish it.
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Atheism
Engrave this Quote The divine is perhaps that quality in man which permits him to endure the lack of God.
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Attachment
Engrave this Quote One must either take an interest in the human situation or else parade before the void.
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Beauty
Engrave this Quote Beauty in art is often nothing but ugliness subdued.
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Belief
Engrave this Quote The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
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Criticism
Engrave this Quote Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
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Fame
Engrave this Quote Renown? I've already got more of it than those I respect, and will never have as much as those for whom I feel contempt...
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Future, The
Engrave this Quote There are certain moments when we might wish the future were built by men of the past.
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God
Engrave this Quote God, that dumping ground of our dreams.
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Engrave this Quote God, that checkroom of our dreams.
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Government
Engrave this Quote I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
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Greatness & Great Things
Engrave this Quote Greatness, in order to gain recognition, must all too often consent to ape greatness.
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Hate
Engrave this Quote To hate fatigues.
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Humility
Engrave this Quote We must watch over our modesty in the presence of those who cannot understand its grounds.
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Idealism
Engrave this Quote The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
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Ideas
Engrave this Quote To love an idea is to love it a little more than one should.
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-Jean Rostand, Carnets d'un Biologiste (repr. in The Substance of Man, 1962; p. 181).
Identity
Engrave this Quote I think I am one of those who can manage not to take on a completely different appearance under their own glance.
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Judging, Judgment
Engrave this Quote To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.
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Maturity
Engrave this Quote To be adult is to be alone.
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Mistakes
Engrave this Quote It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
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Engrave this Quote Falsity cannot keep an idea from being beautiful; there are certain errors of such ingenuity that one could regret their not ranking among the achievements of the human mind.
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Opinion
Engrave this Quote It takes a very deep-rooted opinion to survive unexpressed.
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