Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.

Nine tenths of education is encouragement.

Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.

Until one has loved an animal a part of one's soul remains unawakened.

The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.

We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.

An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.

Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.

The law, in its majestic equality, forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.

All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves we must die to one life before we can enter another.

If fifty million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing.

The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.

It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

To accomplish great things we must dream as well as act.

Silence is the wit of fools.

It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.

One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.

History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.

Man is so made that he can only find relaxation from one kind of labor by taking up another.

It is the certainty that they possess the truth that makes men cruel.

We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.

There is a certain impertinance in allowing oneself to be burned for an opinion.

Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.

The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.

I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.

The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.

Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.

Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.

Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.

It is better to understand little than to understand a lot.

It is good to collect things, but it is better to go on walks.

An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.

Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.

That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.

The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.

Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.

A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.

I prefer the folly of enthusiasm to the indifference of wisdom.

Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.

The average man who does not know what to do with his life wants another one which will last forever.

War will disappear only when men shall take no part whatever in violence and shall be ready to suffer every persecution that their abstention will bring them. It is the only way to abolish war.

There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.

No government ought to be without censors and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.

What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!

It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.

To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.

The truth is that life is delicious, horrible, charming, frightful, sweet, bitter, and that is everything.