The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
Here take back the stuff that I am, nature, knead it back into the dough of being, make of me a bush, a cloud, whatever you will, even a man, only no longer make me me.
Before we blame we should first see if we cant excuse.
It is almost everywhere the case that soon after it is begotten the greater part of human wisdom is laid to rest in repositories.
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
A book is a mirror: if an ape looks into it an apostle is hardly likely to look out.
I have looked through the list of illnesses, and did not find cares or sad thoughts mentioned among them. That is a mistake, surely.
The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.
One might call habit a moral friction: something that prevents the mind from gliding over things but connects it with them and makes it hard for it to free itself from them.
Prejudices are so to speak the mechanical instincts of men: through their prejudices they do without any effort many things they would find too difficult to think through to the point of resolving to do them.
To read means to borrow to create out of ones readings is paying off ones debts.
If all else fails, the character of a man can be recognized by nothing so surely as by a jest which he takes badly.
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.
To do the opposite of something is also a form of imitation, namely an imitation of its opposite.
To grow wiser means to learn to know better and better the faults to which this instrument with which we feel and judge can be subject.
The sure conviction that we could if we wanted to is the reason so many good minds are idle.
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.
With prophecies the commentator is often a more important man than the prophet.
With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.