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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
 
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  Donnez, mais, si vous pouvez, épargnez au pauvre, la honte de tendre la main—Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of holding out the hand.  1
  Give, but, if possible, spare the poor man the shame of begging.  2
  Justice is the first virtue of those who command, and stops the complaints of those who obey.  3
  La reconnaissance est un fardeau, et tout fardeau est fait pour être secoué—Gratitude is a burden, and every burden is made to be shaken off.  4
  Mental courage, infinitely rarer than valour, presupposes the most eminent qualities.  5
  On avale à pleine gorgée le mensonge qui nous flatte, et l’on boit goute à goute une vérité qui nous est amère—We swallow at one draught the lie that flatters us, and drink drop by drop the truth which is bitter to us.  6
  Sentences are like sharp nails, which force truth upon our memory.  7
  We swallow at one gulp a lie which flatters us, but only drop by drop a truth which is bitter to us.  8
 
 
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