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The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
 

The pleasures which we most rarely experience give us the greatest delight.
 

The rules of grammar are crabbed things to many persons... it is important early to instill a taste for the best things into the minds of children, and I cannot see that anything is learned with greater success than what is learned by playing, and this is, in truth, a very harmless kind of fraud, to trick a person into his own profit.
 

The summit of happiness is reached when a person is ready to be what he is.
 

The wedlock of minds will be greater than that of bodies.
 

There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
 

There is nothing I congratulate myself on more heartily than on never having joined a sect.
 

They say that the AntiChrist will be born of a monk and a nun. If so, there must already be thousands of AntiChrists.
 

This I always religiously observed, as a rule, never to chide my husband before company nor to prattle abroad of miscarriages at home. What passes between two people is much easier made up than when once it has taken air.
 

This type of man who is devoted to the study of wisdom is always most unlucky in everything, and particularly when it comes to procreating children; I imagine this is because Nature wants to ensure that the evils of wisdom shall not spread further throughout mankind.
 

Time takes away the grief of men.
 

To know nothing is the happiest life.
 

War is delightful to those who have had no experience of it.
 

We call a fig a fig, and a skiff a skiff.
 

What difference is there, do you think, between those in Plato's cave who can only marvel at the shadows and images of various objects, provided they are content and don't know what they miss, and the philosopher who has emerged from the cave and sees the real things?
 

What is popularly called fame is nothing but an empty name and a legacy from paganism.
 

When he (Luther) was angry, invectives rushed from him like boulder rocks down a mountain torrent in flood.
 

When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes.
[Books]
 

Whenever you encounter truth, look upon it as Christianity.
 

Whether a party can have much success without a woman present I must ask others to decide, but one thing is certain, no party is any fun unless seasoned with folly.
 


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