Men do not change. They unmask themselves.
Sensibility, imagination, reason, each is subservient to the other. Every one of these faculties would be nothing but a disease, but weakness, instead of strength, if it were not modified or completed by the collective character of our nature.
Virtue... is nearly connected with the heart: I have called it Beneficence; not in the very limited sense that is generally given to the term, but to specify thereby all the actions that emanate from active goodness.
Enlightening, teaching, and perfecting women together with men on the national and individual level: this must be the secret for the achievement of every reasonable goal, as well as the establishment of any permanent social or political relationships.
A wellborn soul is guided by only one principle in the world: always do good to others and never harm
We live in an age when self interest alone seems to determine all of man's acts-and what empathy, what emotion, what enthusiasm can ever grow out of self interest. It is pleasanter to dream of those times of dedication, sacrifice, and heroism that used to be, and that have left honorable traces upon the earth.
Morality and freedom are as certainly the only bases of the happiness and dignity of the human race as the system of Galileo is the true theory of the celestial motions.
Sow good services, sweet rememberances will grow from them.
Nothing is less applicable to life than a mathematical argument. A proposition expressed in numbers is definitely false or true. In all other relations, the truth is so mingled with the false that often only instinct can help us to decide among virtuous influences, sometimes equally as strong in one direction as in the other.
The human mind is always making progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
Life seems like a long shipwreck, of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love; the shores of existence are strewn with them.
One must chose in life between boredom and suffering.
Love is the emblem of eternity: it confounds all notion of time: effaces all memory of a beginning, all fear of an end.
Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music.
The more I see of men the more I like dogs.
When a noble life has prepared for old age, it is not decline that it reveals, but the first days of immortality.
Wit consists in knowing the resemblance of things that differ, and the difference of things that are alike.
Atheism exists only in coldness, selfishness, and baseness.
We cease loving ourselves if no one loves us.
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it.
Love, supreme power of the heart, mysterious enthusiasm that encloses in itself all poetry, all heroism, all religion!
Who understands much forgives much. To understand everything makes us very forgiving ...
Of all human sentiments, enthusiasm creates the most happiness; it is the only sentiment in fact which gives real happiness, the only sentiment which can help us to bear our human destiny in any situation in which we may find ourselves.
Thought can never be compared with action, but when it awakens in us the image of truth.
The desire of the man is for the woman, but the desire of the woman is for the desire of the man.
Life often seems like a long shipwreck of which the debris are friendship, glory, and love. - The shores of existence are strewn with them.
[On Russia:] In every way, there is something gigantic about this people: ordinary dimensions have no applications whatever to it. I do not mean by this that true greatness and stability are never met with; but their boldness, their imaginativeness knows no bounds. With them everything is colossal rather than well-proportioned, audacious rather than well-considered, and if they do not attain their goals, it is because they exceed them.
When once enthusiasm has been turned into ridicule, everything is undone except money and power.
I do not want an echo of myself from my children. I do not want to hear from them merely the reverberation of my own voice.
Men err from selfishness; women because they are weak.
Beauty is one in the universe, and, whatever form it assumes, it always arouses a religious feeling in the hearts of mankind.
[The Germans] so easily confuse obstinacy with energy, and rudeness with firmness.
The more I see of man, the more I like dogs.
Love is admiring with the heart. And admiring is loving with the mind.
As we grow in wisdom, we pardon more freely.
The world is the work of a single thought, expressed in a thousand different ways.
The human mind always makes progress, but it is a progress in spirals.
[On Italian:] One may almost call it a language that talks of itself, and always seems more witty than its speakers.
In matters of the heart, nothing is true except the improbable.
There are only two distinct classes of people on this earth, those who espouse enthusiasm and those who despise it.