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The comfort derived from the misery of others is slight.
[Misery]
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The contemplation of celestial things will make a man both speak and think more sublimely and magnificently when he comes down to human affairs.
 

The countenance is the portrait of the soul, and the eyes mark its intentions.
 

The enemy is within the gates; it is with our own luxury, our own folly, our own criminality that we have to contend.
 

The evil implanted in man by nature spreads so imperceptibly, when the habit of wrong-doing is unchecked, that he himself can set no limit to his shamelessness.
 

The eyes like sentinel occupy the highest place in the body.
 

The false is nothing but an imitation of the true.
 

The first duty of a man is the seeking after and the investigation of truth.
 

The freedom of poetic license.
 

The function of wisdom is to discriminate between good and evil.
 

The good of the people is the greatest law.
 

The greater the difficulty, the greater the glory.
 

The greatest incitement to guilt is the hope of sinning with impunity.
[Guilt]
 

The greatest pleasures are only narrowly separated from disgust.
 

The harvest of old age is the recollection and abundance of blessing previously secured.
 

The higher we are placed, the more humbly we should walk.
 

The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.
 

The long time to come when I shall not exist has more effect on me than this short present time, which nevertheless seems endless.
 

The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free.
 

The man who backbites an absent friend, nay, who does not stand up for him when another blames him, the man who angles for bursts of laughter and for the repute of a wit, who can invent what he never saw, who cannot keep a secret - that man is black at heart: mark and avoid him.
 


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