The American women are very pretty and have great simplicity of character, and the extreme neatness of their appearance is truly delightful: cleanliness is everywhere even more studiously attended to here than in England.
To live only for some future goal is shallow. It’s the sides of the mountain that sustain life, not the top.
The state has physical power and uses it when necessary; the power of religion is love and beneficence.
Boredom always precedes a period of great creativity.
Defender of the liberty that I idolize, myself more free than anyone, in coming as a friend to offer my services to this intriguing republic, I bring to it only my frankness and my good will; no ambition, no self-interest; in working for my glory, I work for their happiness.
Revealed religion is one thing, revealed legislation, another.
Consciousness of myself, combined with complete ignorance of everything that does not fall within my sphere of thinking, is the most telling proof of my substantiality outside God, of my original existence.
A God is thinkable, therefore a God is also actually present.
For me, a writer should be more like a lighthouse keeper, just out there by himself. He shouldn’t get his ideas from other people all around him.
If you run from technology, it will chase you.