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Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
Fashion is the science of appearances, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.
In the education of children there is nothing like alluring the interest and affection, otherwise you only make so many asses laden with books.
So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.
There is nothing more notable in Socrates than that he found time, when he was an old man, to learn music and dancing, and thought it time well spent.
Each man calls barbarism whatever is not his own practice...for we have no other criterion of reason than the example and idea of the opinions and customs of the country we live in.
I believe it to be true that dreams are the true interpreters of our inclinations; but there is art required to sort and understand them.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
The confidence in another man's virtue is no light evidence of a man's own, and God willingly favors such a confidence.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
We have more poets thatnjudges and interpreters of poetry. It is easier to write an indifferent poem that to understand a good one.
We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.
When all is summed up, a man never speaks of himself without loss; his accusations of himself are always believed; his praises never.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
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