We can be knowledgable with other men's knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.
If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
The lack of wealth is easily repaired but the poverty of the soul is irreplaceable.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
It is good to rub and polish our brain against that of others.
My home...It is my retreat and resting place from wars, I try to keep this corner as a haven against the tempest outside, as I do another corner in my soul.
We can be knowledgeable with other men's knowledge, but we cannot be wise with other men's wisdom.
When I quote others I do so in order to express my own ideas more clearly.
Man is quite insane. He wouldn?t know how to create a maggot, and he creates Gods by the dozen.
The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them... Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.
We must learn to endure what we cannot avoid. Our life is composed, like the harmony of the world, of contrary things, also of different tones, sweet and harsh, sharp and flat, soft and loud. If a musician liked only one kind, what would he have to say?
The most fruitful and natural exercise for our minds is, in my opinion, conversation.
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.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
Valor is stability, not of legs and arms, but of courage and the soul.
To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death... We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere." "To practice death is to practice freedom. A man who has learned how to die has unlearned how to be a slave.
In his commerce with men I mean him to include- and that principally- those who live only in the memory of books. By means of history he will frequent those great souls of former years. If you want it to be so, history can be a waste of time; it can also be, if you want it to be so, a study bearing fruit beyond price.
Order a purge for your brain, it will there be much better employed than upon your stomach.
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.
A man should not so much respect what he eats, as with whom he eats.
Valor is strength, not of legs and arms, but of heart and soul; it consists not in the worth of our horse or our weapons, but in our own.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
It is in vain that we get upon stilts, for once on them, it is still with our legs that we must walk. And on the highest throne in the world we are still sitting on our own ass.
Every man carries the entire form of human condition.
For truth itself has not the privilege to be spoken at all times and in all sorts.
It needs good management to enjoy life. I enjoy it twice as much as others, for the measure of enjoyment depends on the greater or less attention that we give to it...The shorter my possession of life the deeper and fuller I must make it.
Age imprints more wrinkles in the mind than it does on the face.
Things are not bad in themselves, but our cowardice makes them so.
Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one's own inner self.
He who does not live in some degree for others, hardly lives for himself.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.