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Quote Left A great artist is a great man in a great child. Quote Right
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Quote Left He who opens a school door, closes a prison. Quote Right
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Quote Left Jesus wept; Voltaire smiled. From that divine tear and from that human smile is derived the grace of present civilization. Quote Right
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Quote Left We say that slavery has vanished from European civilization, but this is not true. Slavery still exists, but now it applies only to women and its name is prostitution. Quote Right
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Quote Left When grace is joined with wrinkles, it is adorable. There is an unspeakable dawn in happy old age. Quote Right
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Quote Left Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers. Quote Right
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Quote Left Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees Quote Right
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Quote Left To give thanks in solitude is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do. Quote Right
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Quote Left The learned man knows that he is ignorant. Quote Right
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Quote Left From the oyster to the eagle, from the swine to the tiger, all animals are to be found in men and each of them exists in some man, sometimes several at the time. Animals are nothing but the portrayal of our virtues and vices made manifest to our eyes, the visible reflections of our souls. God displays them to us to give us food for thought. Quote Right
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Quote Left Common sense is in spite of, not as the result of education. Quote Right
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Quote Left There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson. Quote Right
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Quote Left What a grand thing, to be loved! What a grander thing still, to love! Quote Right
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Quote Left Such is the remorseless progression of human society, shedding lives and souls as it goes on its way. It is an ocean into which men sink who have been cast out by the law and consigned, with help most cruelly withheld, to moral death. The sea is the pitiless social darkness into which the penal system casts those it has condemned, an unfathomable waste of misery. The human soul, lost in those depths, may become a corpse. Who shall revive it? Quote Right
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Quote Left There are obstinate and unknown braves who defend themselves inch by inch in the shadows against the fatal invasion of want and turpitude. There are noble and mysterious triumphs which no eye sees. No renown rewards, and no flourish of trumpets salutes. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment, and poverty and battlefields which have their heroes. Quote Right
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Quote Left When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide. Quote Right
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Quote Left I'm religiously opposed to religion. Quote Right
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Quote Left Despots play their part in the works of thinkers. Fettered words are terrible words. The writer doubles and trebles the power of his writing when a ruler imposes silence on the people. Something emerges from that enforced silence, a mysterious fullness which filters through and becomes steely in the thought. Repression in history leads to conciseness in the historian, and the rocklike hardness of much celebrated prose is due to the tempering of the tyrant. Quote Right
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Quote Left We are on the side of religion as opposed to religions, and we are among those who believe in the wretched inadequacy of sermons and the sublimity of prayer. Quote Right
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Quote Left A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it. Quote Right
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Quote Left Babylon violated diminishes Alexander; Rome enslaved diminishes Caesar; massacred Jerusalem diminishes Titus. Tyranny follows the tyrant. Woe to the man who leaves behind a shadow that bears his form. Quote Right
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Quote Left Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant. Intelligence Quote Right
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Quote Left It is not enough for us to prostrate ourselves under the tree which is Creation, and to contemplate its tremendous branches filled with stars. We have a duty to perform, to work upon the human soul, to defend the mystery against the miracle, to worship the incomprehensible while rejecting the absurd; to accept, in the inexplicable, only what is necessary; to dispel the superstitions that surround religion --to rid God of His Maggots. Quote Right
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Quote Left The mountains, the forest, and the sea, render men savage; they develop the fierce, but yet do not destroy the human. Quote Right
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Quote Left Do you know what friendship is... it is to be brother and sister; two souls which touch without mingling, two fingers on one hand. Quote Right
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