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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  A straight line is the shortest in morals as well as in geometry.  1
  Absolute freedom is inhuman.  2
  Es kann nichts helfen ein grosses Schicksal zu haben, wenn man nicht weiss, dass man eines hat—It is of no avail for a man to have a great destiny if he does not know that he has one.  3
  If you wish to astonish the whole world, tell the simple truth.  4
  Old age comes on suddenly, and not gradually, as is thought.  5
  Pedanterie setzt ganz nothwendig Leere—Pedantry quite necessarily presupposes vacancy.  6
  Reason (Vernunft) is the only true despot.  7
  The whole world is, properly speaking, a tragic embarras.  8

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