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Passionate people invariably deny their anger, and cowards often boast their ignorance of fear.
 

People accustomed to great victories, know not how to support a day of reverse.
 

Popes have committed too many absurdities to create a belief in their infallibility.
 

Power is founded on opinion.
 

Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me.
 

Public instruction should be the first object of government.
[Education]
 

Public opinion is the thermometer a monarch should constantly consult.
 

Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet.
 

Religion is what keeps the poor from murdering the rich.
[Religion]
 

Respect the burden.
 

Revolutions are like the most noxious dung-heaps, which bring into life the noblest vegetables.
[Revolution]
 

Riches do not consist in the possession of treasures, but in the use made of them.
[Wealth]
 

Six hours sleep for a man, seven for a woman and eight for a fool.
 

Skepticism is a virtue in history as well as in philosophy.
 

So you think the police foresees and knows everything. The police invents more than it discovers.
 

Soldiers generally win battles; generals get credit for them.
 

Soldiers, forty centuries are looking down upon you from these pyramids.
[Monuments]
 

Some men have sufficient strength of mind to change their disposition, or at least to yield to imperative circumstances.
 

Speeches pass away, but acts remain.
 

Strategy is the art of making use of time and space. I am less concerned about the latter than the former. Space we can recover, lost time never.
 


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