How a person masters his fate is more important than what his fate is.
Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends.
I want to be optimistic because I don’t think man is intrinsically violent.
If Monsieur X spent an eternity studying treatises on optics, he would never paint ‘La Grande Jatte.’
True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are ever united.
I am more and more convinced that our happiness or our unhappiness depends far more on the way we meet the events of life than on the nature of those events themselves.
Some people are genetically programmed to be difficult.
The government is best which makes itself unnecessary.
Coercion may prevent many transgressions; but it robs even actions which are legal of a part of their beauty. Freedom may lead to many transgressions, but it lends even to vices a less ignoble form.
Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household.