Ceremonies are different in every country, but true politeness is everywhere the same.
The company of fools may first make us smile, but in the end we always feel melancholy.
Friendship is a disinterested commerce between equals; love, an abject intercourse between tyrants and slaves.
I was ever of the opinion, that the honest man who married and brought up a large family, did more service than he who continued single, and only talked of population.
Not only the entire ability to think rests on language… but language is also the crux of the misunderstanding of reason with itself.
Where wealth accumulates, men decay.
The farther reason looks the greater is the haze in which it loses itself.
Honour sinks where commerce long prevails.
Physics is nothing but the ABC’s. Nature is an equation with an unknown, a Hebrew word which is written only with consonants to which reason has to add the dots.
People seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy.