One can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Nothing is worse than active ignorance.
One can be instructed in society, one is inspired only in solitude.
All extraordinary men, who have accomplished great and astonishing actions, have ever been decried by the world as drunken or insane.
One cannot develop taste from what is of average quality but only from the very best.
Self-knowledge comes from knowing other men.
Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.
It is better to be deceived by one's friends than to deceive them.
There is no truer, warmer pleasure in this world than to behold a great soul opening up towards oneself.