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"The charm of history and its enigmatic lesson consist in the fact that, from age to age, nothing changes and yet everything is completely different."
"After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music."
"The finest works of art are precious, among other reasons, because they make it possible for us to know, if only imperfectly and for a little while, what it actually feels like to think subltly and feel nobly."
"Experience teaches only the teachable."
"That men do not learn very much from the lessons of history is the most important of all the lessons that history has to teach."
"The essay is a literary device for saying almost everything about almost anything."
"In books, the proportion of exceptional to commonplace people is very high; in reality, very low."
"To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs."
"If it were not for the intellectual snobs who pay, the arts would perish with their starving practitioners - let us thank heaven for hypocrisy."
"An intellectual is a person who has discovered something more interesting than sex."