Suffering engenders passion; and while the prosperous blind themselves, or go to sleep, the hatred of the unfortunate classes kindles its torch at some sullen or ill-constituted mind, which is dreaming in a corner, and sets to work to examine society. The examination of hatred is a terrible thing.
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To be a saint is the exception; to be a just person is the rule. Err, stumble, commit sin, but be one of the just.
Profound hearts, wise minds, take life as God makes it; it is a long trial, and unintelligible preparation for the unknown destiny.
His whole life was now summed up in two words: absolute uncertainty within an impenetrable fog.
Religions do a useful thing: they narrow God to the limits of man. Philosophy replies by doing a necessary thing: it elevates man to the plane of God.
The animal is ignorant of the fact that he knows. The man is aware of the fact that he is ignorant.
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The censor's sword pierces deeply into the heart of free expression.
A small error in the former will produce an enormous error in the latter.
You went up to be examined with the other Jewish children, your heart heavy about that matter of your nose.