There is a descent from God through the world to animals, and an ascent from animals through the world to God. He is the highest point of the scale, pure act and active power, the purest light.
He who has seen everything empty itself is close to knowing what everything is filled with.
Any time not spent on love is wasted.
I wish it were not a sin to have liked it so.
Man has no greater enemy than himself.
Out of nothing can come, and nothing can become nothing.
Death is not evil, for it frees man from all ills and takes away his desires along with desire’s rewards.
Every one in the world ought to do the things for which he is specially adapted. It is the part of wisdom to recognize what each one of us is best fitted for, and it is the part of education to perfect and utilize such predispositions. Because education can direct and aid nature but can never transform her.
The theory of rights enables us to rise and overthrow obstacles, but not to found a strong and lasting accord between all the elements which compose the nation.
We cannot create observers by saying ‘observe’, but by giving them the power and the means for this observation and these means are procured through education of the senses.