The brutes imagine they are doing me an honour in letting me sit down with them. They don't understand that it's an honour to them not to me!
Bitter is the ascent of Golgotha...
We invent casuistical arguments for ourselves, we take a lesson from the Jesuits, and, for a time, contrive to allay our own doubts and convince ourselves that what we are doing is necessary, absolutely necessary, in a good cause. That is the way we are made; it is all as clear as daylight.
Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.
I maintain that all great men or even men a little out of the common, that is to say capable of giving some new word, must from their very nature be criminals—more or less, of course.
Dear friends, don't be afraid of life! How good is life when one does something good and just!