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James Wood, comp.  Dictionary of Quotations.  1899.
  A single moment may transform everything.  1
  Busy readers are seldom good readers.  2
  Der Friede ist immer die letzte Absicht des Krieges—Peace is ever the final aim of war.  3
  Ein Wahn der mich beglückt, / Ist eine Wahrheit wert die mich zu Boden drückt—An illusion which gladdens me is worth a truth which saddens me (lit. presses me to the ground).  4
  Es ist freundlicher das menschliche Leben anzulachen, als es anzugrinzen—It is more kindly to laugh at human life than to grin at it.  5
  In our own breast, there or nowhere flows the fountain of true pleasure.  6
  It is more kindly to laugh at human life than to grin at it.  7
  It is not the manner of noble minds to leave anything half done.  8
  Man knows nothing but what he has learned from experience.  9
  Nichts halb zu thun ist edler Geister Art—It is the manner of noble souls to do nothing by halves.  10
  Stupidity has its sublime as well as genius.  11
  The condition of the most fascinated (bezaubertsten) enthusiast is to be preferred to him who, from sheer fear of error, dares in the end no longer to affirm or deny.  12
  To be an enthusiast is to be the worthiest of affection, the noblest and the best that a mortal can be.  13
  To do nothing by halves is the way of noble minds.  14

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