When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
There are some defeats more triumphant than victories.
When I dance, I dance; when I sleep, I sleep; yes, and when I walk alone in a beautiful orchard, if my thoughts drift to far-off matters for some part of the time for some other part I lead them back again to the walk, the orchard, to the sweetness of this solitude, to myself.
There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
There is no more expensive thing than a free gift.
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
When a man is commonplace in discussion yet valued for what he writes that shows that his talents lie in his borrowed sources not in himself.