I was never less alone than when by myself.
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But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
The laws of probability, so true in general, so fallacious in particular.
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
Unprovided with original learning, unformed in the habits of thinking, unskilled in the arts of composition, I resolved to write a book.
The end comes when we no longer talk with ourselves. It is the end of genuine thinking and the beginning of the final loneliness.
In the end, they wanted security more than they wanted freedom.
It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
The pathetic almost always consists in the detail of little events.
My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the decent obscurity of a learned language.
Let us read with method, and propose to ourselves an end to which our studies may point. The use of reading is to aid us in thinking.
My early and invincible love of reading I would not exchange for all the riches of India.