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If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.
No matter how thin you slice it, there will always be two sides.
What Paul says about Peter tells us more about Paul than about Peter.
The highest activity a human being can attain is learning for understanding, because to understand is to be free.
The most tyrannical of governments are those which make crimes of opinions, for everyone has an inalienable right to his thoughts.
Reason cannot defeat emotion, an emotion can only be displaced or overcome by a stronger emotion.
Men believe themselves to be free, simply because they are conscious of their actions, and unconscious of the causes whereby those actions are determined.
Nothing in nature is by chance… Something appears to be chance only because of our lack of knowledge.
The world would be happier if men had the same capacity to be silent that they have to speak.
The highest endeavor of the mind, and the highest virtue, it to understand things by intuition.
Desire nothing for yourself, which you do not desire for others. When a man is prey to his emotions, he is not his own master.
The more clearly you understand yourself and your emotions, the more you become a lover of what is.
He who seeks equality between unequals seeks an absurdity.
Indulge yourself in pleasures only in so far as they are necessary for the preservation of health.
Those who know the true use of money, and regulate the measure of wealth according to their needs, live contented with few things.
God is not He who is, but That which is.
Let unswerving integrity be your watchword.
Pride is pleasure arising from a man’s thinking too highly of himself.
The greatest pride, or the greatest despondency, is the greatest ignorance of one’s self.
Sadness diminishes a man’s powers
A good thing which prevents us from enjoying a greater good is in truth an evil.
What everyone wants from life is continuous and genuine happiness. We feel and know that we are eternal.
Hatred is increased by being reciprocated, and can on the other hand be destroyed by love.
He alone is free who lives with free consent under the entire guidance of reason.
Be not astonished at new ideas; for it is well known to you that a thing does not therefore cease to be true because it is not accepted by many.
Blessed are the weak who think that they are good because they have no claws.
Everything great is just as difficult to realize as it is rare to find.
Freedom is self-determination.
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