He lives happy and master of himself who can say as each day passes on, “I have lived.
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
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...
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...
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
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.
Debemos reservarnos una trastienda del todo nuestra, del todo libre, donde fijar nuestra verdadera libertad y nuestro principal retiro y soledad. En ella debemos mantener nuestra habitual conversación con nosotros mismos, y tan privada que no tenga cabida ninguna relación o comunicación con cosa ajena; discurrir y reír como si no tuviésemos mujer, hijos ni...
Nul vent ne faict pour celuy qui n’a point de port destiné
To forbid us anything is to make us have a mind for it.
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.
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...
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...
A man is not hurt so much by what happens, as by his opinion of what happens.
The most profound joy has more of gravity than of gaiety in it.
My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
All is a-swarm with commentaries: of authors there is a dearth.
Atheism being a proposition as unnatural as monstrous, difficult also and hard to establish in the human understanding, how arrogant soever, there are men enough seen, out of vanity and pride, to be the authors of extraordinary and reforming opinions, and outwardly to affect the profession of them; who, if they are such fools, have,...
He who fears he shall suffer, already suffers what he fears.
Why do people respect the package rather than the man?
Writing does not cause misery, it is born of misery.
Nichts wird so fest geglaubt wie das, was wir am wenigsten wissen.
Speech belongs half to the speaker, half to the listener.
Nothing is so firmly believed as that which we least know.
Certainly, if he still has himself, a man of understanding has lost nothing.