It has always been my practice to cast a long paragraph in a single mould, to try it by my ear, to deposit it in my memory, but to suspend the action of the pen till I had given the last polish to my work.
But the power of instruction is seldom of much efficacy, except in those happy dispositions where it is almost superfluous.
I was never less alone than when by myself.
I never make the mistake of arguing with people for whose opinions I have no respect.
The winds and the waves are always on the side of the ablest navigators.
Their poverty secured their freedom, since our desires and our possessions are the strongest fetters of despotism.
I understand by this passion the union of desire, friendship, and tenderness, which is inflamed by a single female, which prefers her to the rest of her sex, and which seeks her possession as the supreme or the sole happiness of our being.
Style is the image of character.
Books are those faithful mirrors that reflect to our mind the minds of sages and heroes.
The style of an author should be the image of his mind, but the choice and command of language is the fruit of exercise.