No-one is exempt from speaking nonsense – the only misfortune is to do it solemnly.
Experience has further taught me this, that we ruin ourselves by impatience.
It is as though our very touch bore infection: things which in themselves are good and beautiful are corrupted by our handling of them.
Other people do not see you at all, but guess at you by uncertain conjectures.
Fame and tranquility can never be bedfellows.
I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary's force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.