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All human power is a compound of time and patience.
[Power]
 

All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
 

An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
 

At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.
 

Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
 

Believe everything you hear said of the world; nothing is too impossibly bad.
[World]
 

Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window.
 

Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
 

But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
 

Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
 

Children, dear and loving children, can alone console a woman for the loss of her beauty.
 

Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
 

Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
 

Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
 

Cruelty and fear shake hands together.
[Cruelty]
 

Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
 

Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions; envy is only moved to malice.
[Role Models]
 

Envy is the most stupid of vices, for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.
 

Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
[Equality]
 

Evasion is unworthy of us, and is always the intimate of equivocation.
 


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