The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Nothing can confound a wise man more than laughter from a dunce.
But words are things, and a small drop of ink, Falling like dew, upon a thought, produces That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.
Why I came here, I know not; where I shall go it is useless to inquire – in the midst of myriads of the living and the dead worlds, stars, systems, infinity, why should I be anxious about an atom?
It’s the niceties that make the difference fate gives us the hand, and we play the cards.
Cervantes smiled Spain’s chivalry away; A single laugh demolished the right arm Of his country.
It is very certain that the desire of life prolongs it.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
For in itself a thought, a slumbering thought, is capable of years, and curdles a long life into one hour.
The friends whom I have are invaluable, and although not numerous they are sufficient for my enjoyment; and the texture of my own mind renders me very indifferent to the rest of the world.