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A man's country is not a certain area of land, of mountains, rivers, and woods, but it is a principle and patriotism is loyalty to that principle.
[Patriotism]
 

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of a certain income can indulge.
[Anger]
 

Anger is an expensive luxury in which only men of certain income can indulge.
[Anger]
 

Books are the ever burning lamps of accumulated wisdom.
 

Every great crisis of human history is a pass of Thermopylae, and there is always a Leonidas and his three hundred to die in it, if they can not conquer.
 

Happiness lies, first of all, in health.
[Forgiveness]
 

He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.
[Science]
 

Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there. - But if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry.
[Heroism]
 

Imagination is as good as many voyages - and how much cheaper!
 

It is not observed in history that families improve with time.
 

It is not the ship so much as the skillful sailing that assures the prosperous voyage.
 

Nature makes woman to be won and men to win.
 

Our common liberty is consecrated by a common sorrow.
 

Reputation is favorable notoriety as distinguished from fame, which is permanent approval of great deeds and noble thoughts by the best intelligence of mankind.
 

Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
 

The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten.
 

The fragrance always stays in the hand that gives the rose.
 

The new year begins in a snow-storm of white vows.
 

The sure foundations of the State are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, and at book-learning which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.
[Education]
 

The sure foundations of the state are laid in knowledge, not in ignorance; and every sneer at education, at culture, at book learning, which is the recorded wisdom of the experience of mankind, is the demagogue's sneer at intelligent liberty, inviting national degeneracy and ruin.
[Knowledge]
 


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