To know how to suggest is the great art of teaching. To attain it we must be able to guess what will interest; we must learn to read the childish soul as we might a piece of music. Then, by simply changing the key, we keep up the attraction and vary the song.
The man who insists upon seeing with perfect clearness before he decides, never decides. Accept life, and you must accept regret.
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line and adding to one's liberty.
In every loving woman there is a priestess of the past - a pious guardian of some affection, of which the object has disappeared.
It is by teaching that we teach ourselves, by relating that we observe, by affirming that we examine, by showing that we look, by writing that we think, by pumping that we draw water into the well.
I'm not interested in age. People who tell me their age are silly. You're as old as you feel.
Analysis kills spontaneity. The grain once ground into flour springs and germinates no more.
Self-interest is but the survival of the animal in us. Humanity only begins for man with self-surrender.
Any landscape is a condition of the spirit.
He who asks of life nothing but the improvement of his own nature... is less liable than anyone else to miss and waste life.
Our systems, perhaps, are nothing more than an unconscious apology for our faults, a gigantic scaffolding whose object is to hide from us our favorite sin.
Common sense is calculation applied to life.
Common sense is the measure of the possible; it is composed of experience and prevision; it is calculation applied to life.
Pure truth cannot be assimilated by the crowd; it must be communicated by contagion.
Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.