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The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinions of its young men under five and twenty.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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By theme: Destiny   Society  

Nature does nothing without purpose or uselessly.
Aristotle
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By theme: Nature   Wisdom  

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
Confucius
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By theme: Wisdom  

A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.
Henry Wheeler Shaw
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By theme: Humor   Love   Wit  

The idea that the sole aim of punishment is to prevent crime is obviously grounded upon the theory that crime can be prevented, which is almost as dubious as the notion that poverty can be prevented.
Henry Louis Mencken
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By theme: Humor   Society   Wit  

Rich women need not fear old age; their gold can always create about them any feelings necessary to their happiness.
Honore de Balzac
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By theme: Feelings   Happiness   Old   Wealth   Women  

Where the speech is corrupted, the mind is also.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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By theme: Psychology   Reason  

The greatest good you can do for another is not just to share your riches, but to reveal to him his own.
Benjamin Disraeli
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By theme: Behavior   Relations  

It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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By theme: Life   Relations   Society  

A man`s heart may have a secret sanctuary where only one woman may enter, but it is full of little anterooms, which are seldom vacant.
Helen Rowland
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By theme: Humor   Men   Wit   Women  

Women love men for their defects; if men have enough of them, women will forgive them anything, even their gigantic intellects.
Oscar Wilde
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By theme: Men   Wit   Women  

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion.
Albert Camus
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By theme: Behavior   Liberty   Philosophy   Society  

Wealth cannot purchase any great private solace or convenience. Riches are only the means of sociality.
Henry David Thoreau
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By theme: Wealth  

In youth we run into difficulties, in old age difficulties run into us.
Henry Wheeler Shaw
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By theme: Humor   Old   Youth  

We accumulate our opinions at an age when our understanding is at its weakest.
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg
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By theme: Knowledge   Old   Psychology  

Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach.
Confucius
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By theme: Feelings   Wisdom  

We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
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By theme: Behavior   Psychology  

The greater part of mankind is angry with the sinner and not with the sin.
Lucius Annaeus Seneca
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By theme: Behavior   Morality   Society  

He, who wishes to become rich, wishes to become so immediately.
Decimus Junius Juvenal
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By theme: Behavior   Character   Wealth  

Society is founded upon cloth.
Thomas Carlyle
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By theme: Society