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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
Joseph Roux
  A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool.  1
  Everything that is exquisite hides itself.  2
  Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.  3
  Friends are rare, for the good reason that men are not common.  4
  Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; the reality always remains far apart from the ideal.  5
  God alone can properly bind up a bleeding heart.  6
  God is a shower to the heart burnt up with grief, a sun to the face deluged with tears.  7
  God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.  8
  Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.  9
  Length of saying makes languor of hearing.  10
  Life is a stream upon which drift flowers in spring and blocks of ice in winter.  11
  Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.  12
  Philosophers call God “the great unknown.” “The great misknown” would be more correct.  13
  Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite impressions.  14
  Say nothing good of yourself, yon will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you wilt be taken at your word.  15
  The city does not take away, neither does the country give, solitude: solitude is within us.  16
  The conscience of the man who is given over to his passions is like the voice of the shipwrecked mariner overwhelmed by the tempest.  17
  We love justice greatly, and just men but little.  18

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