Any person of honor chooses rather to lose his honor than to lose his conscience.
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
My trifles escape me with as little gravity as they deserve. Good luck to them for that. I would part with them at once, however low their price. I do not buy and sell them for more than they weigh. I speak to my writing-paper exactly as I do to the first man I meet.
No man is exempt from saying silly things; the mischief is to say them deliberately.
With very little ado I stop the first sally of my emotions, and leave the subject that begins to be troublesome before it transports me. He who stops not the start will never be able to stop the course. he who cannot keep them out will never, get them out when they are once got in.
We should tend our freedom wisely.