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Reason and love are sworn enemies.
[Reason]
 

Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
 

Severity is allowable where gentleness has no effect.
 

The crime and not the scaffold makes the shame.
 

The greater the effort, the greater the glory.
 

The man who pardons easily, courts injury.
 

The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
 

The secret of giving affectionately is great and rare; it requires address to do it well; otherwise we lose instead of deriving benefit from it.
 

The subject of a good tragedy must not be realistic.
 

They who overcome their desires once can overcome them always.
 

This dark brightness that falls from the stars.
 

Those who easily forgive invite offenses.
 

Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.
[One Day]
 

To conquer without risk is to triumph without glory.
[Danger]
 

To die for one's country is such a worthy fate that all compete for so beautiful a death.
 

To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible.
 

To take revenge halfheartedly is to court disaster; either condemn or crown your hatred.
 

Treachery is noble when aimed at tyranny.
[Treachery]
 

True, I am young, but for souls nobly born valor doesn't await the passing of years.
 

Violence is just, where kindness is vain.
[Violence]
 


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