Be true to your work, your word, and your friend.
Woman suffrage is an unjust, unreasonable, unspiritual abnormality. It is a hard, undigested, tasteless, devitalized proposition. It is a half-fledged, unmusical, Promethean abomination. It is a quack bolus to reduce masculinity even by the obliteration of femininity.
No true believer could be intolerant or a persecutor. If I were a magistrate and the law carried the death penalty against atheists, I would begin by sending to the stake whoever denounced another.
However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
You forget that the fruits belong to all and that the land belongs to no one.
I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
It is a mania shared by philosophers of all ages to deny what exists and to explain what does not exist.
We are born, so to speak, twice over; born into existence, and born into life; born a human being, and born a man.
A good boxer, in striking the round blow, instead of loosening body and arm, gathers himself into a heap of muscularity and begins his blow where all blows ought to begin, from the solidarity of the right foot.
Virtue is a state of war, and to live in it we have always to combat with ourselves.