Our life is made by the death of others.
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- As a well-spent day brings happy sleep, so a life well spent brings happy death.
- I roamed the countryside searching for answers to things I did not understand. Why thunder lasts longer than that which causes it, and why immediately on its creation the lightning becomes visible to the eye while thunder requires time to travel. How the various circles of water form around the spot which has been struck by a stone and why a bird sustains itself in the air. These questions and other strange phenomena engaged my thought throughout my life.
- Just as courage imperils life; fear protects it.
- Iron rusts from disuse, stagnant water loses its purity and in cold weather becomes frozen; even so does inaction sap the vigors of the mind.
- The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding.
- Time stays long enough for those who use it.