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The degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons.
A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies becomes unable to recognize the truth, either in himself or anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and others. When he had no respect for anyone, he can no longer love, and, in order to divert himself, having no love in him, he yields to his impulses, indulges in the lowest forms of pleasure, and behaves in the end like an animal. And it all comes from lying - to others and to yourself.
By interpreting freedom as the propagation and immediate gratification of needs, people distort their own nature, for they engender in themselves a multitude of pointless and foolish desires, habits, and incongruous stratagems. Their lives are motivated only by mutual envy, sensuality, and ostentation.
If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.
Man is fond of counting his troubles, but he does not count his joys. If he counted them up as he ought to, he would see that every lot has enough happiness provided for it.
Man only likes to count his troubles; he doesn't calculate his happiness.
Nothing in this world is harder than speaking the truth, nothing easier than flattery.
The best way to keep a prisoner from escaping is to make sure he never knows he’s in prison.
The second half of a man's life is made up of nothing but the habits he has acquired during the first half.
There is nothing easier than lopping off heads and nothing harder than developing ideas.
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