Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
The fundament upon which all our knowledge and learning rests is the inexplicable.
A man can do what he wants, but not want what he wants.
Music is the melody whose text is the world.
The brain may be regarded as a kind of parasite of the organism, a pensioner, as it were, who dwells with the body.
Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see.
If we were not all so interested in ourselves, life would be so uninteresting that none of us would be able to endure it.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
It is only a man’s own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else’s meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.