If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
The weather and my mood have little connection. I have my foggy and my fine days within me; my prosperity or misfortune has little to do with the matter.
I can well conceive a man without hands, feet, head. But I cannot conceive man without thought; he would be a stone or a brute.
Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.
Vanity is but the surface.
Law, without force, is impotent.
Atheism shows strength of mind, but only to a certain degree.
Truly it is an evil to be full of faults; but it is a still greater evil to be full of them and to be unwilling to recognize them, since that is to add the further fault of a voluntary illusion.
The present letter is a very long one, simply because I had no leisure to make it shorter.