History, insofar as it accustoms human beings to comprehend the whole of the past and to hasten forward with its conclusions into the far future, conceals the boundaries of birth and death, which enclose the life of the human being so narrowly and oppress
What we have done for ourselves alone dies with us; what we have done for others and the world remains and is immortal.
Only those who have to do simple things perfectly will acquire the skill to do difficult things easily
Genuine morality is preserved only in the school of adversity; a state of continuous prosperity may easily prove a quick sand to virtue
Truth exists for the wise, beauty for the feeling heart.
There is no such thing as chance; and what seem to us merest accident springs from the deepest source of destiny.
Disappointments are to the soul what the thunder-storm is to the air
Keep true to the dreams of your youth.
The zeal of friends it is that knocks me down, and not the hate of enemies
A healthy nature needs no God or immortality
No greater grief than to remember days of gladness when sorrow is at hand
A gloomy guest fits not a wedding feast.
The great happiness of life, I find, after all, to consist in the regular discharge of some mechanical duty.
No emperor has the power to dictate to the heart.
Historians are prophets with their face turned backward.