The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.
The longer a man’s fame is likely to last, the longer it will be in coming.
The difficulty is to try and teach the multitude that something can be true and untrue at the same time.
Patriotism, when it wants to make itself felt in the domain of learning, is a dirty fellow who should be thrown out of doors.
National character is only another name for the particular form which the littleness, perversity and baseness of mankind take in every country. Every nation mocks at other nations, and all are right.
Nature shows that with the growth of intelligence comes increased capacity for pain, and it is only with the highest degree of intelligence that suffering reaches its supreme point.
With people of limited ability modesty is merely honesty. But with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.