There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.