It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
Few men have been admired of their familiars.
Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
Make your educational laws strict and your criminal ones can be gentle; but if you leave youth its liberty you will have to dig dungeons for ages.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.
There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil's alphabet - the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
If a man should importune me to give a reason why I loved him, I find it could no otherwise be expressed, than by making answer: because it was he, because it was I.
If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.