Stubborn and ardent clinging to one’s opinion is the best proof of stupidity.
Virtue rejects facility to be her companion. She requires a craggy, rough and thorny way.
Death, they say, acquits us of all obligations.
Nothing is so firmly believed as what we least know.
If you don’t know how to die, don’t worry; Nature will tell you what to do on the spot, fully and adequately. She will do this job perfectly for you; don’t bother your head about it.
Once conform, once do what others do because they do it, and a kind of lethargy steals over all the finer senses of the soul.
Confidence in others’ honesty is no light testimony of one’s own integrity.
A man who fears suffering is already suffering from what he fears.
In true education, anything that comes to our hand is as good as a book: the prank of a page- boy, the blunder of a servant, a bit of table talk – they are all part of the curriculum.
There is perhaps no more obvious vanity than to write of it so vainly.