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Love is a fire that burns unseen,
a wound that aches yet isn’t felt,
an always discontent contentment,
a pain that rages without hurting,

a longing for nothing but to long,
a loneliness in the midst of people,
a never feeling pleased when pleased,
a passion that gains when lost in thought.

It’s being enslaved of your own free will;
it’s counting your defeat a victory;
it’s staying loyal to your killer.

But if it’s so self-contradictory,
how can Love, when Love chooses,
bring human hearts into sympathy?


Luís de Camões

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I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
If you come at four in the afternoon, I'll begin to be happy by three.
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPéRY
Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this i...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPéRY
It is one of man's curious idiosyncrasies to create difficulties for the pleasure of resolving them.
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
To be prepared is half the victory.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
The question on long term strategy is not if it is successful, but if you are still alive.
RON DE JONGE
In the works of man, everything is as poor as its author; vision is confined, means are limited, sco...
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
Philosophy is doubt.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means,...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their ...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Peace is not an absence of war, it is a virtue, a state of mind, a disposition for benevolence, conf...
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
The law cannot equalize mankind in spite of nature.
MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES
All pain is a punishment, and every punishment is inflicted for love as much as for justice.
JOSEPH DE MAISTRE
There never was in the world two opinions alike, no more than two hairs or two grains. The most univ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
I care not so much what I am in the opinion of others, as what I am in my own; I would be rich of my...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
If you never change your mind, why have one?
EDWARD DE BONO
That ephemeral sheet,... the newspaper, is the natural enemy of the book, as the whore is of the dec...
EDMOND DE GONCOURT
A women knows how to keep quiet when she is in the right, whereas a man, when he is in the right, wi...
MALCOLM DE CHAZAL
Man is a mind betrayed, not served, by his organs.
EDMOND DE GONCOURT
What do we mean by setting a man free? You cannot free a man who dwells in a desert and is an unfeel...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
Listening well and answering well is one of the greatest perfections that can be obtained in convers...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Those that despise people will never get the best out of others and themselves.
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
Avoid lawsuits beyond all things; they pervert your conscience, impair your health, and dissipate yo...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
It would be better to have no laws at all, than to have too many.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
'Tis a dainty thing to command, though 'twere but a flock of sheep.
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
Those laws, being forged for universal application, are in perpetual conflict with personal interest...
MARQUIS DE SADE
Leaders don't inflict pain -- they share pain.
MAX DE PREE
In the end, it is important to remember that we cannot become what we need to be by remaining what w...
MAX DE PREE
Each man must grant himself the emotions that he needs and the morality that suits him.
REMY DE GOURMONT
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Everyone complains of the badness of his memory, but nobody of his judgment.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
The weeping of an heir is laughter in disguise.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
The phoenix hope, can wing her way through the desert skies, and still defying fortune's spite; revi...
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
Hope is the most sensitive part of a poor wretch's soul; whoever raises it only to torment him is be...
MARQUIS DE SADE
The happiness or unhappiness of men depends as much on their humors as on fortune.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Fortune and humor govern the world.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
One should never risk a joke, even of the mildest and most unexceptional charters, except among peop...
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in the...
CARDINAL DE RICHELIEU
One returns to the place one came from.
JEAN DE LA FONTAINE
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
We are almost always guilty of the hate we encounter.
MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES
I love those historians that are either very simple or most excellent. Such as are between both (whi...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
To honor him whom we have made is far from honoring him that hath made us..
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.
JEAN DE LA BRUYERE
The true way to soften one's troubles is to solace those of others.
MADAME DE MAINTENON
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small intere...
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
The same reason that makes us chide and brawl and fall out with any of our neighbors, causeth a war ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
Those who love to be feared fear to be loved, and they themselves are more afraid than anyone, for w...
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
To many fame comes too late.
LUIS DE CAMOENS
People should realize we're jerks just like them.
EDWARD DE BONO
All the fame you should look for in life is to have lived it quietly.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
It is for want of application, rather than of means that people fail,
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
The injustice of defeat lies in the fact that its most innocent victims are made to look like heartl...
ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPERY
Behold, my love, behold all that I simultaneously do: scandal, seduction, bad example, incest, adult...
MARQUIS DE SADE
We should expect the best and the worst of mankind, as from the weather.
MARQUIS DE VAUVENARGUES
However energetically society in general may strive to make all the citizens equal and alike, the pe...
ALEXIS DE TOCQUEVILLE
We would rather speak badly of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
The sense of this word among the Greeks affords the noblest definition of it; enthusiasm signifies G...
GERMAINE DE STAEL
The skeptic does not mean him who doubts, but him who investigates or researches, as opposed to him ...
MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO
My interest in desperation lies only in that sometimes I find myself having become desperate. Very s...
WILLEM DE KOONING
Man dies of cold, not of darkness.
MIGUEL DE UNAMUNO
Desire is the essence of a man.
BARUCH (_BENEDICT DE) SPINOZA
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Who does not in some sort live to others, does not live much to himself.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
He who is not very strong in memory should not meddle with lying.
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
There is a certain combination of anarchy and discipline in the way I work.
ROBERT DE NIRO
Lust's passion will be served; it demands, it militates, it tyrannizes.
MARQUIS DE SADE
'Tis the maddest trick a man can ever play in his whole life, to let his breath sneak out of his bod...
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES
Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts.
CHARLES-MAURICE DE TALLEYRAND
In my opinion, the most fruitful and natural play of the mind is in conversation. I find it sweeter ...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
True it is that she who escapeth safe and unpolluted from out the school of freedom, giveth more con...
MICHEL DE MONTAIGNE
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
FRANCOIS DE LA ROCHEFOUCAULD
Carry on any enterprise as if all future success depended on it.
CARDINAL DE RICHELIEU