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To forsake family and fatherland, and forswear all endeavor to …

30 Dec

To forsake family and fatherland, and forswear all endeavor to get earthly good; to form no ties, and to wander under an assumed name, in hempen rags, from place to place, doing no harm to any one, and praying for people, praying for those who persecute them, as well as for those who give them protection, – there is no truth, and no life, higher than that.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why, for what purpose, should beings who are good and noble, and best made to…

28 Dec

Why, for what purpose, should beings who are good and noble, and best made to find happiness in life, who have not only never injured a living thing, but rather have sought only the happiness of others,- why should they be recalled to God; while the base and the vicious, or those who are only a burden to themselves and others, are left to live ? 

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy 

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When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to…

1 Nov

When one writes a novel about grown people, he knows exactly where to stop – that is, with a marriage; but when he writes of juveniles, he must stop where he best can.

The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain 

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Often, the less there is to justify a …

28 Sep

Often, the less there is to justify a traditional custom, the harder it is to get rid of it.

The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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In order to make a man or a boy covet a …

22 Sep

In order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to attain.

The adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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Let us learn to show our friendship for a …

21 Sep

Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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One thing`s sure and nothing`s …

29 Aug

One thing`s sure and nothing`s surer, the rich get richer and the poor get – children.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Curiosity is gluttony, and …

12 Aug

Curiosity is gluttony, and seeing is devouring.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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In our conviction, if souls were visible, we should distinctly see the …

11 Aug

In our conviction, if souls were visible, we should distinctly see the strange fact that every individual of the human species corresponds to some one of the species of animal creation; and we might easily recognize the truth which has as yet scarcely occurred to the thinker, that, from the oyster to the eagle, from the hog to the tiger, all animals are in man, and that each of them is in a man; at times several of them at once.Animals are nothing else than the figures of our virtues and our vices, wandering before our eyes, the visible phantoms of our souls.God shows these to us in order to make us reflect; but, as animals are only shadows, God has not made them capable of education in the complete sense of the term, for of what use would it be ? On the other hand, our souls being realities and having an end of their own, God has endowed them with intelligence; that is to say, possible education.Social education, properly carried out, can always draw out of a soul, no matter its nature, the utility which it contains.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo

 

There are some men whom you need only …

11 Aug

There are some men whom you need only look at to distrust them, for they are restless behind and threatening in front.There is something of the unknown in them.We can no more answer for what they have done than for what they will do.The shadow they have in their glance denounces them.Merely by hearing them say a word or seeing them make a gesture, we get a glimpse of dark secrets in their past, dark mysteries in their future.

Les Miserables by Victor Hugo 

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