Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.
All of my misfortunes come from having thought too well of my fellows.
No man has any natural authority over his fellow men.
Whoever blushes is already guilty; true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
The world of reality has its limits; the world of imagination is boundless.
How many famous and high-spirited heroes have lived a day too long?
O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
I long remained a child, and I am still one in many respects.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
We are born weak, we need strength; helpless, we need aid; foolish, we need reason. All that we lack at birth, all that we need when we come to man’s estate, is the gift of education.