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I want my friend to miss me as long as I miss him.
 

If I am given a formula, and I am ignorant of its meaning, it cannot teach me anything, but if I already know it what does the formula teach me?
 

If two friends ask you to judge a dispute, don't accept, because you will lose one friend; on the other hand, if two strangers come with the same request, accept, because you will gain one friend.
[Friendship]
 

If we did not have rational souls, we would not be able to believe.
[Able]
 

If we live good lives, the times are also good. As we are, such are the times.
[Positive]
 

If you believe what you like in the gospels, and reject what you don't like, it is not the gospel you believe, but yourself.
 

In doing what we ought we deserve no praise, because it is our duty.
 

In the absence of justice, what is sovereignty but organized robbery?
[Government]
 

Indeed, man wishes to be happy even when he so lives as to make happiness impossible.
 

It is human to err, but it is devilish to remain willfully in error.
 

It is not the punishment but the cause that makes the martyr.
 

It is the function of perfection to make one know one's imperfection.
[Perfection]
 

It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.
[Humility]
 

Lord, make me chaste - but not yet.
[Sex]
 

Lord, who art always the same, give that I know myself, give that I know Thee.
[God]
 

Love is the beauty of the soul.
[Love]
 

Love, and do what you like.
[One Day]
 

Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the stars, and they pass by themselves without wondering.
 

Miracles are not contrary to nature, but only contrary to what we know about nature.
 

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
 


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