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Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year. The real geniuses simply have their bright ideas closer together.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.
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