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Saadi

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To give pleasure to a single heart by a single kind act is better than a thousand head-bowings in prayer.

 
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You could not predict what would happen in a single instance, a single throw of the dice, a single pitch in the seventh inning, a single toss of the coin. But you could predict three out of five, four out of ten, seven out of sixteen, and to that extent chance governed everyone, all the time. Just as surely as two equals two.

 
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A single Voltaire will do more honor to France than a thousand pedants, a thousand false wits, a thousand great men of inferior order.

 
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Time found our tired love sleeping,
And kissed away his breath;
But what should we do weeping,
Though light love sleep to death?
We have drained his lips at leisure,
Till there's not left to drain
A single sob of pleasure,
A single pulse of pain.

 
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