A great memory does not make a mind, any more than a dictionary is a piece of literature.
A man would do nothing if he waited until he could do it so well that no one could find fault.
Animals have done us no harm and they have no power of resistance. There is something so very dreadful in tormenting those who have never harmed us, who cannot defend themselves, who are utterly in our power.
Courage does not consist in calculation, but in fighting against chances.
Evil has no substance of its own, but is only the defect, excess, perversion, or corruption of that which has substance.
Flagrant evils cure themselves by being flagrant.
Good is never accomplished except at the cost of those who do it, truth never breaks through except through the sacrifice of those who spread it.
Great things are done by devotion to one idea.
Growth is the only evidence of life.
If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.
It is as absurd to argue men, as to torture them, into believing.
It is often said that second thoughts are best. So they are in matters of judgment but not in matters of conscience.
Knowledge is one thing, virtue is another.
Let us act on what we have, since we have not what we wish.
Nothing is more common than for men to think that because they are familiar with words they understand the ideas they stand for.
To live is to change, and to be perfect is to have changed often.
We can believe what we choose. We are answerable for what we choose to believe.
We should ever conduct ourselves towards our enemy as if he were one day to be our friend.
When men understand what each other mean, they see, for the most part, that controversy is either superfluous or hopeless.
When you feel in need of a compliment, give one to someone else.
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