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Three people marooned on a desert island would soon reinvent politics.
[Politics]
 

To be successful be ahead of your time, but only a little.
 

To confer dignity, forgive. To express contempt, forget.
 

To understand a literary style, consider what it omits.
 

To understand someone, find out how he spends his money.
 

Totem poles and wooden masks no longer suggest tribal villages but fashionable drawing rooms in New York and Paris.
 

Travelers never think that they are the foreigners.
 

Ultimately, blind faith is the only kind.
[Faith]
 

Unlike the actual, the fictional explains itself.
 

We are more tied to our faults than to our virtues.
 

We are prepared for insults, but compliments leave us baffled.
 

Well-behaved: he always speaks as if his mother might be listening.
 

What lies behind appearance is usually another appearance.
 

When a man bores a woman, she complains. When a woman bores a man, he ignores her.
 

When I prayed for success, I forgot to ask for sound sleep and good digestion.
 

When sages commend excess, Desire is sick.
 

While there's life, there's fear.
 

While we are reading, we are all Don Quixote.
 

Who would not give up wit for power and beauty?
 

Why do we never expect dull people to be rascals?
 


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