Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do.
This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude.
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
All men’s misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
We should keep silent about those in power; to speak well of them almost implies flattery; to speak ill of them while they are alive is dangerous, and when they are dead is cowardly.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
A man can keep another’s secret better than his own. A woman her own better than others.