Faith is necessary to men; woe to him who believes in nothing!
Argot is nothing more nor less than a wardrobe in which language, having some bad deed to do, disguises itself. It puts on word-masks and metaphoric rags.
Monastic communities are to the great social community what the mistletoe is to the oak, what the wart is to the human body.
Of a disposition at once unsociable and talkative, desiring to see no one, yet wishing to converse with some one, he got out of the difficulty by talking to himself.
The supreme happiness of life is that we are loved; loved for ourselves - say rather, loved in spite of ourselves.
Revolution is the accession of the peoples, and, at the bottom, the People is Man.
I had the opportunity in this visit of seeing how great a power the master exercises over his slaves, but at the same time I could perceive at what a cost this power was bought; for though at the presence of my uncle all redoubled their efforts, I could perceive that there was as much hatred as terror in the looks that they furtively cast upon him.
This blind-man's-buff musketry lasted for a quarter of an hour and killed several panes of glass.
A fall from such a height is rarely straight downwards.