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"It often happens that the real tragedies of life occur in such an inartistic manner that they hurt us by their crude violence, their absolute incoherence, their absurd want of meaning, their entire lack of style."
"To have the reputation of possessing the most perfect social tact, talk to every woman as if you loved her, and to every man as if he bored you."
"Yet each man kills the thing he loves, from all let this be heard. Some does it with a bitter look, some with a flattering word. The coward does it with a kiss the brave man with the sword."
"A kiss may ruin a human life."
"There is luxury in self-reproach. When we blame ourselves, we feel no one else has a right to blame us."
"The commonest thing is delightful if only one hides it."
"It is only about things that do not interest one, that one can give a really unbiased opinion; and this is no doubt the reason why an unbiased opinion is always valueless."
"One can always be kind to people about whom one cares nothing."
"I can resist everything except temptation."
"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world."
"We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars."
"To believe is very dull. To doubt is intensely engrossing. To be on the alert is to live, to be lulled into security is to die."
"Disobedience, in the eyes of anyone who has read history, is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion."
"We live in an age when unnecessary things are our only necessities."
"A man can't be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
"To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all."
"Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes."
"A cynic is a man who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing."
"The only thing to do with good advice is to pass it on; it is never of any use to oneself."
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