A friend is a person with whom I may be sincere. Before him, I may think aloud.

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Thought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.

The only way to have a friend is to be one.

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Nothing can bring you peace but yourself. Nothing can bring you peace but the triumph of principles.

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Men achieve a certain greatness unawares, when working to another aim.

The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.

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