When life is unhappy it is hard to endure, when it is happy it is terrible to think of it ending. Both amount to the same thing in the end.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
Logic is the technique by which we add conviction to truth
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!
A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably
Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty
Modesty is to merit, as shades to figures in a picture, giving it strength and beauty
There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
We seldom repent of speaking little, very often of speaking too much: a vulgar and trite maxim, which all the world knows and, but which all the world does not practice
It is a great misfortune not to possess sufficient wit to speak well, nor sufficient judgment to keep silent
Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late
The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth