Sickness is mankind's greatest defect.
Nothing is more conducive to peace of mind than not having any opinion at all.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change; what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
Much can be inferred about a man from his mistress: in her one beholds his weaknesses and his dreams.
The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.
God created man in His own image, says the Bible; philosophers reverse the process: they create God in theirs.
There exists a species of transcendental ventriloquism by means of which men can be made to believe that something said on earth comes from Heaven.
To be content with life or to live merrily, rather all that is required is that we bestow on all things only a fleeting, superficial glance; the more thoughtful we become the more earnest we grow.
Perhaps in time the so-called Dark Ages will be thought of as including our own.
Once we know our weaknesses they cease to do us any harm.
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
We cannot remember too often that when we observe nature, and especially the ordering of nature, it is always ourselves alone we are observing.
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.
If you are going to build something in the air it is always better to build castles than houses of cards.
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
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