They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice… that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
To live alone is the fate of all great souls.
Just remember, once you’re over the hill you begin to pick up speed.
There is no absurdity so palpable but that it may be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to inculcate it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity.
I’ve never known any trouble than an hour’s reading didn’t assuage.
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
The alchemists in their search for gold discovered many other things of greater value.
It is only at the first encounter that a face makes its full impression on us.
It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
For an author to write as he speaks is just as reprehensible as the opposite fault, to speak as he writes; for this gives a pedantic effect to what he says, and at the same time makes him hardly intelligible.