Answer me, you who believe that animals are only machines. Has nature arranged for this animal to have all the machinery of feelings only in order for it not to have any at all?
As long as we believe in absurdities we shall continue to commit atrocities.
The flowery style is not unsuitable to public speeches or addresses, which amount only to compliment. The lighter beauties are in their place when there is nothing more solid to say; but the flowery style ought to be banished from a pleading, a sermon, or a didactic work.
An almost infallible means of saving yourself from the desire of self-destruction is always to have something to do.
We owe respect to the living; to the dead we owe only truth.
Work spares us from three evils: boredom, vice, and need.
Meditation is the dissolution of thoughts in eternal awareness or pure consciousness without objectification, knowing without thinking, merging finitude in infinity.
The best government is a benevolent tyranny tempered by an occasional assassination.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.