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It is always the adventurers who do great things, not the sovereigns of great empires
All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope
The first virtue of all really great men is that they are sincere
Base souls have no faith in great individuals
If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest
He was a great patriot, a humanitarian, a loyal friend; provided, of course, he really is dead
To love one that is great, is almost to be great one's self
To the inexperienced it is a pleasant thing to court the favour of the great; an experienced man fears it
Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do
There is none made so great, but he may both need the help and service, and stand in fear of the power and unkindness, even of the meanest of mortals
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."