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.
In the sphere of thought, absurdity and perversity remain the masters of the world, and their dominion is suspended only for brief periods.
The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.