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As to moral courage, I have very rarely met with the two o'clock in the morning kind. I mean unprepared courage, that which is necessary on an unexpected occasion, and which, in spite of the most unforeseen events, leaves full freedom of judgement and decision.
 

Authoritarian government required to speak, is silent... Representative government required to speak, lies with impunity.
 

Better not to have been born than to live without glory.
 

Better to have a known enemy than a forced ally.
 

Calumny, envy, and all revengeful passions appear almost exclusively to direct the actions of men.
 

Circumstances-what are circumstances? I make circumstances.
[Positive]
 

Civil liberty depends upon the security of property.
 

Courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment.
[Courage]
 

Cruelty can only be justified by necessity.
 

Death is nothing, but to live defeated and inglorious is to die daily.
 

Death may expiate faults, but cannot repair them.
 

Different subjects and different affairs are arranged in my head as in a cupboard. When I wish to interrupt one train of thought, I shut that drawer and open another. Do I wish to sleep, I simply close all the drawers and then I am- asleep.
 

Do you know what is more hard to bear than the reverses of fortune? It is the baseness, the hideous ingratitude, of man.
[Ingratitude]
 

Doctor, no medicine. - We are machines made to live - organized expressly for that purpose. - Such is our nature. - Do not counteract the living principle. - Leave it at liberty to defend itself, and it will do better than your drugs.
[Medicine]
 

Doctors will have more lives to answer for in the next world than even we generals.
 

England is a nation of shopkeepers.
 

Even in war moral power is to physical as three parts out of four.
[Power]
 

Every soldier carries a marshal's baton in his pack.
 

Everything has a limit, even human emotions.
 

Everything in religion should be gratuitous, and for the people; care must be taken not to deprive the poor... of the only thing which consoles them for their poverty.
 


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