It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself.
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Eclecticism – every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
Another occupation might have been better.
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
One said of suicide, As long as one has brains one should not blow them out. And another answered, But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.