Only that thing is free which exists by the necessities of its own nature, and is determined in its actions by itself alone.
Man is to man either a god or a wolf.
Systematic philosophical and practical anti-intellectualism such as we are witnessing appears to be something truly novel in the history of human culture.
If you keep thinking about what you want to do or what you hope will happen, you don’t do it, and it won’t happen.
I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, nor to hate them, but to understand them.
Luther was guilty of two great crimes – he struck the Pope in his crown, and the monks in their belly.
It is the chiefest point of happiness that a man is willing to be what he is.
The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
Happiness is a virtue, not its reward.
If you want the present to be different from the past, study the past.