The conquest of the earth, which mostly means the taking it away from those who have a different complexion or slightly flatter noses than ourselves, is not a pretty thing when you look into it too much.
To a teacher of languages there comes a time when the world is but a place of many words and man appears a mere talking animal not much more wonderful than a parrot.
A caricature is putting the face of a joke on the body of a truth.
Gossip is what no one claims to like, but everybody enjoys.
Going home must be like going to render an account.
It is not the clear-sighted who rule the world. Great achievements are accomplished in a blessed, warm fog.
The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary; men alone are quite capable of every wickedness.
This magnificent butterfly finds a little heap of dirt and sits still on it; but man will never on his heap of mud keep still.
There is nothing more enticing, disenchanting, and enslaving than the life at sea.
Who knows what true loneliness is - not the conventional word but the naked terror? To the lonely themselves it wears a mask. The most miserable outcast hugs some memory or some illusion.
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