If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.
Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.
There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
The liberty of the individual is a necessary postulate of human progress.
There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.