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All speech is vain and empty unless it be accompanied by action.
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Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.
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There is a great deal of wishful thinking in such cases; it is the easiest thing of all to deceive one’s self.
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Nothing is easier than self-deceit. For what each man wishes, that he also believes to be true.
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He who confers a favour should at once forget it, if he is not to show a sordid ungenerous spirit. To remind a man of a kindness conferred and to talk of it, is little different from reproach.
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Excessive dealings with tyrants are not good for the security of free states.
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Close alliances with despots are never safe for free states.
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As a vessel is known by the sound, whether it be cracked or not; so men are proved, by their speeches, whether they be wise or foolish.
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Greek orator, 384BC - 322BC

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