Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live.
When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.
A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest man to do.
This great misfortune – to be incapable of solitude.