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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Taine
 
  Change a virtue in its circumstances and it becomes a vice; change a vice in its circumstances and it becomes a virtue. Regard the same quality from two sides; on one it is a fault, on the other a merit. The essential of a man is found concealed far below these moral badges.  1
  Insanity is not a distinct and separate empire; our ordinary life borders upon it, and we cross the frontier in some part of our nature.  2
  Kindly politeness is the slow fruit of advanced reflection; it is a sort of humanity and kindliness applied to small acts and every-day discourse: it bids man soften towards others, and forget himself for the sake of others: it constrains genuine nature, which is selfish and gross.  3
  The beauty of a plastic work is, above all, plastic; and an art always degenerates when, discarding its own peculiar means for exciting interest, it borrows those of another art.  4
  There are four varieties in society—the lovers, the ambitious, observers, and fools. The fools are the happiest.  5
  To have a true idea of man or of life, one must have stood himself on the brink of suicide, or on the door-sill of insanity, at least once.  6
 
 
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