There is no doubt that life is given us, not to be enjoyed, but to be overcome to be got over.
The ultimate foundation of honor is the conviction that moral character is unalterable: a single bad action implies that future actions of the same kind will, under similar circumstances, also be bad.
Honor has not to be won it must only not be lost.
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
Nothing in life gives a man so much courage as the attainment or renewal of the conviction that other people regard him with favor; because it means that everyone joins to give him help and protection, which is an infinitely stronger bulwark against the i
Talent hits a target no one else can hit Genius hits a target no one else can see.
The memory should be specially taxed in youth, since it is then that it is strongest and most tenacious. But in choosing the things that should be committed to memory the utmost care and forethought must be exercised as lessons well learnt in youth are never forgotten.
There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
Money is human happiness in the abstract he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes himself utterly to money.
After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Life swings like a pendulum backward and forward between pain and boredom
The two foes of human happiness are pain and boredom
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
The business of the novelist is not to relate great events, but to make small ones interesting
It is with trifles and when he is off guard that a man best reveals his character.
There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity
The fruits of Christianity were religious wars, butcheries, crusades, inquisitions, extermination of the natives of America and the introduction of African slaves in their place
Compassion is the basis of all morality
Every parting gives a foretaste of death; every coming together again a foretaste of the resurrection
Fame is something that must be won. Honor is something that must not be lost.
Hatred comes from the heart; contempt from the head; and neither feeling is quite within our control
Ignorance is degrading only when found in company with great riches
To desire immortality is to desire the eternal perpetuation of a great mistake