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In plain words, Chaos was the law of nature Order was the dream of man.
 

Intimates are predestined.
 

It is always good men who do the most harm in the world.
 

It is impossible to underrate human intelligence - beginning with one's own.
 

Knowledge of human nature is the beginning and end of political education.
 

Man is an imperceptible atom always trying to become one with God.
 

Modern politics is, at bottom, a struggle not of men but of forces.
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Morality is a private and costly luxury.
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No man likes to have his intelligence or good faith questioned, especially if he has doubts about it himself.
 

No man, however strong, can serve ten years as schoolmaster, priest, or Senator, and remain fit for anything else.
 

No one means all he says, and yet very few say all they mean, for words are slippery and thought is viscous.
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Nothing in education is so astonishing as the amount of ignorance it accumulates in the form of inert facts.
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One friend in a lifetime is much, two are many, three are hardly possible. Friendship needs a certain parallelism of life, a community of thought, a rivalry of aim.
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Only on the edge of the grave can man conclude anything.
 

Philosophy: Unintelligible answers to insoluble problems.
 

Politics are a very unsatisfactory game.
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Politics, as a practice, whatever its profession, has always been the systematic organization of hatreds.
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Power is poison. Its effect on Presidents had always been tragic.
 

Power when wielded by abnormal energy is the most serious of facts.
 

Practical politics consists in ignoring facts.
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