The reading of all good books is like a conversation with the finest minds of past centuries.
The senses deceive from time to time, and it is prudent never to trust wholly those who have deceived us even once.
Travelling is almost like talking with those of other centuries.
Illusory joy is often worth more than genuine sorrow.
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