Experience is a good school. But the fees are high.

He only profits from praise who values criticism.

The Bible is the great family chronicle of the Jews.

Communism possesses a language which every people can understand - its elements are hunger, envy, and death.

If the Romans had been obliged to learn Latin, they would never have found time to conquer the world.

Where words leave off, music begins.

In these times we fight for ideas and newspapers are our fortress.

The arrow belongs not to the archer when it has once left the bow; the word no longer belongs to the speaker when it has once passed his lips.

I live, which is the main point.

Ask me not what I have, but what I am.

Perfumes are the feelings of flowers.

There are more fools in the world than there are people.

Where books are burned, in the end, people will eventually burn too.

I do not know if she was virtuous, but she was ugly, and with a woman that is half the battle.

Wherever they burn books they will also, in the end, burn human beings.

Oh, what lies there are in kisses.

The weather-cock on the church spire, though made of iron, would soon be broken by the storm-wind if it did not understand the noble art of turning to every wind.

I take pride in never being rude to anyone on this earth, which contains a great number of unbearable villains who set upon you to recount their sufferings and even recite their poems.

Matrimony; the high sea for which no compass has yet been invented.

There, where one burns books, one in the end burns men.

All I really want is enough to live on, a little house in the country... and a tree in the garden with seven of my enemies hanging in it.

The ancient, tremulous woman who was sitting behind the stove opposite the big cupboard may have sat there for a quarter of a century, and her thoughts and feelings are closely interwoven with every corner of the stove and every carving on the cupboard. And the stove and cupboard are alive, for part of a human soul has entered into them.

God will forgive me. It's his job.

Every period of time is a sphinx that throws itself into the abyss as soon as its riddle has been solved.

When the heroes go off the stage, the clowns come on.

The music at a wedding procession always reminds me of the music of soldiers going into battle.

Ordinary he was insane, But he had lucid moments when he was merely Stupid.

I fell asleep reading a dull book, and I dreamed that I was reading on, so I awoke from sheer boredom.

Besides, ghost-stories are even more blood-curdling if you are reading them on a journey, especially at night, in a town, in a house, in a room where you have never been before. How many horrific events may already have taken place on the very spot where you are lying?—that is what you cannot help wondering.

God will forgive me; that's his business.

Atheism is the last word of theism.

The more i get to know people, the more i like dogs.

The stones here speak to me, and I know their mute language. Also, they seem deeply to feel what I think. So a broken column of the old Roman times, an old tower of Lombardy, a weather-beaten Gothic piece of a pillar understands me well. But I am a ruin myself, wandering among ruins.

I have sown Dragon's teeth and reaped only fleas.

The real madness probably is not another thing that the wisdom itself that, tired of discovering the shames of the world, has taken the intelligent resolution to become mad.

I will not say that women have no character; rather, they have a new one every day.

Wherever people burn books, there, finally, they will also burn people.

One should forgive one's enemies, but not before they are hanged.

Human misery is too great for men to do without faith.

Great genius takes shape by contact with another great genius, but, less by assimilation than by friction.

Where they have burned books, they will end in burning human beings.

It is a common phenomenon that just the prettiest girls find it so difficult to get a man.

When words leave off, music begins.

It is there, where they burn books, that eventually they burn people.

Sleep is lovely, death is better still, not to have been born is of course the miracle.

Whenever books are burned, men also in the end are burned.

People in those old times had convictions; we moderns only have opinions. And it needs more than a mere opinion to erect a Gothic cathedral.

Of course God will forgive me; that's His job.

And yonder sits a maiden, The fairest of the fair, With gold in her garment glittering, And she combs her golden hair.