Retire within yourselves; but first prepare yourselves to receive yourselves there. It would be madness to trust yourselves to yourselves if you do not know how to control yourselves. There are ways of failing in solitude as well as in company.
I listen with attention to the judgment of all men;
but so far as I can remember,
I have followed none but my own.
Our zeal works wonders, whenever it supports our inclination toward hatred, cruelty, ambition.
We only labor to stuff the memory, and leave the conscience and the understanding unfurnished and void.
Whoever will be cured of ignorance, let him confess it.
Il n’est pas de chagrin qu’un livre ne puisse consoler.
The great and glorious masterpiece of man is to live with purpose.
I find I am much prouder of the victory I obtain over myself, when, in the very ardor of dispute, I make myself submit to my adversary’s force of reason, than I am pleased with the victory I obtain over him through his weakness.
We trouble our life by thoughts about death, and our death by thoughts about life.
Pride and curiosity are the two scourges of our souls. The latter prompts us to poke our noses into everything, and the former forbids us to leave anything unresolved and undecided.