So it is with minds. Unless you keep them busy with some definite subject that will bridle and control them, they throw themselves in disorder hither and yon in the vague field of imagination. ..And there is no mad or idle fancy that they do no bring forth in the agitation.
???Every man bears the whole stamp of the human condition.???
Don't discuss yourself, for you are bound to lose if you belittle yourself, you are believed if you praise yourself, you are disbelieved.
...there is no constant existence, neither of our being, nor of the objects. And we, and our judgement, and all mortal things else do uncessantly roll, turn, and passe away. Thus can nothing be certainly established, nor of the one, nor of the other; both
If you press me to say why I loved him, I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.
Even on the highest throne in the world, we are still sitting on our ass.
I will follow the right side even to the fire, but excluding the fire if I can.
No man is exempt from saying silly things the mischief is to say them deliberately.
It should be noted that the games of children are not games, and must be considered as their most serious actions
Ambition is not a vice of little people
My trade and art is to live.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Perhaps it is not without reason that we attribute facility in belief and conviction to simplicity and ignorance; for it seems to me I once learned that belief was sort of an impression made on our mind, and that the softer it is the less resistant t
We are born to inquire into truth; it belongs to a greater to possess it
Even those who argue against fame still want the books they write against it to bear their name in the title and hope to become famous for despising it.
When I play with my cat, who knows whether she is not amusing herself with me more than I with her.
Everyone may speak truly, but to speak logically, prudently, and adequately is a talent few possess.
There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
I prefer the company of peasants because they have not been educated sufficiently to reason incorrectly.
Confidence in the goodness of another is good proof of one's own goodness.
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offe
Custom is a second nature, and no less powerful
To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death....
Men come and they go and they trot and they dance, and never a word about death. All well and good. Yet when death does come - to them, their wives, their children, their friends - cathcing them unawares and unprepared, then what storms of passion overwhelm them, what cries what fury, what despair!