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I find no quality so easy for a man to counterfeit as devotion, though his life and manner are not conformable to it; the essence of it is abstruse and occult, but the appearances easy and showy
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He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak
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Fear sometimes adds wings to the heels, and sometimes nails them to the ground, and fetters them from moving
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Few men are admired by their servants.
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Courtesy, like grace and beauty, that which begets liking and inclination to love one another at the first sight, and in the very beginning of our acquaintance and familiarity; and, consequently, that which first opens the door for us to better ourselves by the example of others, if there be anything in the society worth notice
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Eloquence is an engine invented to manage and wield at will the fierce democracy, and, like medicine to the sick, is only employed in the paroxysms of a disordered state.
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Confidence in another man's virtue is no slight evidence of a man's own
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Every one is well or ill at ease, according as he finds himself! not he whom the world believes, but he who believes himself to be so, is content; and in him alone belief gives itself being and reality
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French moralist and essayist, 1533-92

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