I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
The greatest thing in the world is to know how to belong to oneself.
I speak the truth, not so much as I would, but as much as I dare; and I dare a little more as I grow older.
I care not so much what I am to others as what I am to myself. I will be rich by myself, and not by borrowing.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books, They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately. All other things, ruling, hoarding, building, are only little appendages and props, at most.
Man is certainly stark mad; he cannot make a worm, and yet he will be making gods by dozens.
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold. The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.
To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.
Obsession is the wellspring of genius and madness.
The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command, shows that his reason is weak.
There is no knowledge so hard to acquire as the knowledge of how to live this life well and naturally.
The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make to them; a man may live long, yet get little from life. Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will
Why do people respect the package rather than the man?
Other people do not see you at all, but guess at you by uncertain conjectures.
Life itself is neither a good nor an evil: life is where good or evil find a place, depending on how you make it for them.
The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.
There are no truths, only moments of clarity passing for answers.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose. Life should be an aim unto itself, a purpose unto itself.
The least strained and most natural ways of the soul are the most beautiful; the best occupations are the least forced.
Experience has further taught me this, that we ruin ourselves by impatience.
Certainly, if he still has himself, a man of understanding has lost nothing.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which is least known.
If you don't know how to die, don't worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don't bother your head about it.
Rejoice in the things that are present; all else is beyond thee.
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
Better to be tentative than to be recklessly sure- to be an apprentice at sixty, than to present oneself as a doctor at ten.
It is only certain that there is nothing certain, and that nothing is more miserable or more proud than man.
We are all blockheads.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live to the point.
To learn that we have said or done a foolish thing, that is nothing; we must learn that we are nothing but fools, a far broader and more important lesson.