I am always grieved when a man of real talent dies, for the world needs such men more than heaven does.
I cannot say whether things will get better if we change what I can say is they must change if they are to get better.
He was then in his fifty fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
It is in the gift for employing all the vicissitudes of life to one's own advantage and to that of one's craft that a large part of genius consists.
Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself.
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage he won't encounter many rivals.
To receive applause for works which do not demand all our powers hinders our advance towards a perfecting of our spirit. It usually means that thereafter we stand still.
To read means to borrow to create out of one's readings is paying off one's debts.
Before we blame, we should first see if we can't excuse.
Man can acquire accomplishments or he can become an animal, whichever he wants. God makes the animals, man makes himself.