Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.
A sense of humour is the only divine quality of man
It is only a man's own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else's meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.
Every time a man is begotten and born, the clock of human life is wound up anew to repeat once more its same old tune that has already been played innumerable times, movement by movement and measure by measure, with insignificant variations.
Will power is to the mind like a strong blind man who carries on his shoulders a lame man who can see.
Childish and altogether ludicrous is what you yourself are and all philosophers; and if a grown-up man like me spends fifteen minutes with fools of this kind, it is merely a way of passing the time. I've now got more important things to do. Goodbye!
Rascals are always sociable, more's the pity! And the chief sign that a man has any nobility in his character is the little pleasure he takes in others' company.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
A man's face as a rule says more, and more interesting things, than his mouth, for it is a compendium of everything his mouth will ever say, in that it is the monogram of all this man's thoughts and aspirations.
A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.
Honor means that a man is not exceptional; fame, that he is. Fame is something which must be won; honor, only something which must not be lost.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.
The longer a man's fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.
The man never feels the want of what it never occurs to him to ask for.