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Paradise, Utopia
Engrave this Quote I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
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Politics
Engrave this Quote In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
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Engrave this Quote In order to remain true to oneself one ought to renounce one's party three times a day.
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Power
Engrave this Quote A few great minds are enough to endow humanity with monstrous power, but a few great hearts are not enough to make us worthy of using it.
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Engrave this Quote The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
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Prejudice
Engrave this Quote Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood -- we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
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Proverbial Wisdom
Engrave this Quote Certain brief sentences are peerless in their ability to give one the feeling that nothing remains to be said.
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Purity
Engrave this Quote We are not na?ve enough to ask for pure men; we ask merely for men whose impurity does not conflict with the obligations of their job.
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Reading
Engrave this Quote Prerequisite for rereadability in books: that they be forgettable.
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Engrave this Quote The books one has written in the past have two surprises in store: one couldn't write them again, and wouldn't want to.
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Reality
Engrave this Quote I prefer the honest jargon of reality to the outright lies of books.
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Science
Engrave this Quote It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him.
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Engrave this Quote It is sometimes important for science to know how to forget the things she is surest of.
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Engrave this Quote A body of work such as Pasteur's is inconceivable in our time: no man would be given a chance to create a whole science. Nowadays a path is scarcely opened up when the crowd begins to pour in.
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Engrave this Quote Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
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Engrave this Quote When a scientist is ahead of his times, it is often through misunderstanding of current, rather than intuition of future truth. In science there is never any error so gross that it won't one day, from some perspective, appear prophetic.
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Thought
Engrave this Quote To reflect is to disturb one's thoughts.
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Truth
Engrave this Quote Truth is always served by great minds, even if they fight it.
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Understanding
Engrave this Quote I still understand a few words in life, but I no longer think they make a sentence.
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