The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Living is a sickness to which sleep provides relief every sixteen hours. It's a palliative. The remedy is death.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
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.
There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
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.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.
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