It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself; it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
Is it that we pretend to a reformation? Truly, no: but it may be we are more addicted to Venus than our fathers were. They are two exercises that thwart and hinder one another in their vigor. Lechery weakens our stomach on the one side; and on the other sobriety renders us more spruce and amorous for the exercise of love.
There is nothing more unsociable than man, and nothing more sociable: unsociable by his vice, sociable by his nature.
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
Every man has within himself the entire human condition.
Experience has further taught me this, that we ruin ourselves by impatience.