Writing does not cause misery, it is born of misery.
Puesto que Dios nos concede tiempo para disponer de nuestro desalojo, preparémonos, hagamos el equipaje, despidámonos a tiempo de la compañía, desembaracémonos de esas violentas ataduras que nos retienen en otro sitio y nos alejan de nosotros mismos. Hay que desatar esos lazos tan fuertes, y a partir de ahora amar esto y aquello, pero...
A man with nothing to lend should refrain from borrowing.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
Whether we are running our home or studying or hunting or following any other sport, we should go to the very boundaries of pleasure but take good care not to be involved beyond the point where it begins to be mingled with pain.
Had I been placed among those nations which are said to live still in the sweet freedom of nature’s first laws, I assure you I should very gladly have portrayed myself here entire and wholly naked.Thus, reader, I am myself the matter of my book; you would be unreasonable to spend your leisure on so...
No passion disturbs the soundness of our judgement as anger does.
There is no passion so much transports thesincerity of judgement as doth anger
Certainly, if he still has himself, a man of understanding has lost nothing.
To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.
Can anything be imagined so ridiculous, that this miserable and wretched creature [man], who is not so much as master of himself, but subject to the injuries of all things, should call himself master and emperor of the world, of which he has not power to know the least part, much less to command the...
Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener.
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
We need very strong ears to hear ourselves judged frankly, and because there are few who can endure frank criticism without being stung by it, those who venture to criticize us perform a remarkable act of friendship, for to undertake to wound or offend a man for his own good is to have a healthy...
I know not what quintessence of all this mixture, which, seizing my whole will, carried it to plunge and lose itself in his, and that having seized his whole will, brought it back with equal concurrence and appetite to plunge and lose itself in mine.
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
There were many terrible things in my life and most of them never happened.
El amor no es más que el deseo furioso de algo que huye de nosotros…
Nichts wird so fest geglaubt wie das, was wir am wenigsten wissen.
Il n’est si homme de bien, qu’il mette à l’examen des loix toutes ses actions et pensées, qui ne soit pendable dix fois en sa vie.(There is no man so good that if he placed all his actions and thoughts under the scrutiny of the laws, he would not deserve hanging ten times in his...
Excellent memories are often coupled with feeble judgments.
It is not reasonable that art should win the place of honor over our great and powerful mother Nature. We have so overloaded the beauty and richness of her works by our inventions that we have quite smothered her.
Let us give Nature a chance; she knows her business better than we do.
En cierta ocasión Demócrito comió en su mesa unos higos que sabían a miel y empezó de inmediato a indagar en su espíritu de dónde provenía tal dulzura inusitada. A fin de esclarecerlo, iba a levantarse de la mesa para mirar la situación del lugar donde se habían cogido los higos, pero la camarera, que...
We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.