The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.
Imagination disposes of everything; it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
We are only falsehood, duplicity, contradiction; we both conceal and disguise ourselves from ourselves.
We only consult the ear because the heart is wanting.
One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man’s inability to sit still in a room.
It is not good to be too free. It is not good to have everything one wants.
As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.
Man’s true nature being lost, everything becomes his nature; as, his true good being lost, everything becomes his good.
Justice and power must be brought together, so that whatever is just may be powerful, and whatever is powerful may be just.