The worst of my actions or conditions seem not so ugly unto me as I find it both ugly and base not to dare to avouch for them.
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 a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
How many things we held yesterday as articles of faith which today we tell as fables.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
The entire lower world was created in the likeness of the higher world. All that exists in the higher world appears like an image in this lower world; yet all this is but One.
A wise man never loses anything, if he has himself.
I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.
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.
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.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
I write to keep from going mad from the contradictions I find among mankind - and to work some of those contradictions out for myself.
Ambition is not a vice of little people.
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.
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.
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.
The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.
It is not death, it is dying that alarms me.
There is no conversation more boring than the one where everybody agrees.
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.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
Few men have been admired of their familiars.
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.
No wind serves him who addresses his voyage to no certain port.
It is an absolute and virtually divine perfection to know how to enjoy our being rightfully.