Now, now my good man, this is no time to be making enemies.

on his deathbed in response to a priest asking him that he renounce Satan

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The secret of being a bore is to tell everything.

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Man is free at the instant he wants to be.

Brutus, act II, scene I (1730).

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A witty saying proves nothing.

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