And it is a characteristic of man that he alone has any sense of good and evil, of just and unjust, and the like, and the association of living beings who have this sense makes a family and a state.

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Every man, however wise, needs the advice of some sagacious friend in the affairs of life.

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It takes a wise man to recognize a wise man.

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If a man is proud of his wealth, he should not be praised until it is known how he employs it.

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An evil life is a kind of death.

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I will suffer nothing as great as death without glory.

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It’s not through words but actions that I want to set the luster on my life.

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All is fair in love and war

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People are distressed by their inability to do it. The problem, however, is simply that they don’t do it.

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Everything has a natural explanation. The moon is not a god, but a great rock, and the sun a hot rock.

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While there’s life there’s hope, and only the dead have none.

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When people see some things as beautiful,
other things become ugly.
When people see some things as good,
other things become bad.

Being and non-being create each other.
Difficult and easy support each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low depend on each other.
Before and after follow each other.

Therefore the Master
acts without doing anything
and teaches without saying anything.
Things arise and she lets them come;
things disappear and she lets them go.
She has but doesn’t possess,
acts but doesn’t expect.
When her work is done, she forgets it.
That is why it lasts forever.

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