Every day confirms my opinion on the superiority of a vicious life, and if Virtue is not its own reward, I don't know any other stipend annexed to it.
I slept and dreamt that life was beauty; I woke and found that life was duty.
There is no such thing as a life of passion any more than a continuous earthquake, or an eternal fever. Besides, who would ever shave themselves in such a state?
Yes! ready money is Aladdin's lamp.
Opinions are made to be changed or how is truth to be got at?
Shelley is truth itself and honour itself notwithstanding his out-of-the-way notions about religion.
The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch.
There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.
A woman who gives any advantage to a man may expect a lover but will sooner or later find a tyrant.
It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe; you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep.
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
What should I have known or written had I been a quiet, mercantile politician or a lord in waiting? A man must travel, and turmoil, or there is no existence.
If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom.
Lovers may be and indeed generally are enemies, but they never can be friends, because there must always be a spice of jealousy and a something of Self in all their speculations.
Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it.