The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
Eclecticism - every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
The man whose nature is such that by one path alone his chief desire will reach consummation will try to find it on that path, whatever it may be, and whatever the world thinks of it; and if he does not, he is contemptible.
It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself.
The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Another occupation might have been better.