A girl does not treat a possible lover with unvarying simplicity and directness. In all its phases, love is complex; friendship is not.
Nothing except time is wasted in Italy.
The fabled musk deer searches the world over for the source of the scent which comes from itself.
To keep the heart unwrinkled, to be hopeful, kindly, cheerful, reverent – that is to triumph over old age.
To the mass of mankind – meaning also womankind – marriage may be the only possible thing; but to the individual, it may be the one thing impossible.
What is lovely never dies, But passes into other loveliness.
When one has love for God, one doesn’t feel any physical attraction to wife, children, relatives and friends. One retains only compassion for them.
A habit leads a man so gently in the beginning that he does not perceive he is led – with what silken threads and down what pleasant avenues it leads him! By and by, the soft silk threads become iron chains, and the pleasant avenues Avernus!
If you must be mad, be it not for the things of the world. Be mad with the love of God.
A man may do worse than make what the world calls a not wholly happy marriage.