There is nothing more frightful than imagination without taste.
Girls we love for what they are; men for what they promise to be.
He who does not think much of himself is much more esteemed than he imagines.
Unlike grown ups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
Character is formed in the stormy billows of the world.
The wealth that cannot be administered is a burden.
To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.
No one would talk much in society, if he knew how often he misunderstands others
He who enjoys doing and enjoys what he has done is happy.
For this reason the Bible is a book of eternal and effective power; because, as long as the world lasts, no one will say: I comprehend it in the whole and understand it in the particular. Rather we must modestly say it on the whole it is venerable, and in the particular practical.
Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent. I therefore show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest, which you will know how to value, without overrating them.
When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one’s self.
You shall abstain, shall abstain. That is the eternal song.
Wealth and speed are what the world admires, what each pursues. Railways, express mails, steamships and every possible facility for communications are the achievement in which the civilized world view and revels, only to languish in mediocrity by that very fact. Indeed, the effect of this diffusion is to spread the culture of the mediocre.
The limits of my language are the limits of my universe.
No prudent antagonist thinks light of his adversaries.
Whatever liberates our spirit without giving us self-control is disastrous.
To be pleased with one’s limits is a wretched state.
Divide and rule, a sound motto. Unite and lead, a better one.