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'I was never less alone than when by myself.'


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'Beauty is an outward gift which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.'


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'Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.'


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'The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.'


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'Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.'


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'I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.'


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'Of the various forms of government which have prevailed in the world, an hereditary monarchy seems to present the fairest scope for ridicule.'


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'I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.'


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'History is indeed little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.'


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'History is little more than the register of the crimes, follies, and misfortunes of mankind.'


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'Hope, the best comfort of our imperfect condition.'


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'Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.'


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'The courage of a soldier is found to be the cheapest and most common quality of human nature.'


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'But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.'


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'The principles of a free constitution are irrecoverably lost, when the legislative power is nominated by the executive.'


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'I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.'


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'Our sympathy is cold to the relation of distant misery.'


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'Every man who rises above the common level has received two educations: the first from his teachers the second, more personal and important, from himself.'


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'Our work is the presentation of our capabilities.'

 

 

 

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