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.
How many condemnations I have witnessed more criminal than the crime!
We are Christians by the same title as we are natives of Perigord or Germany.
Every one rushes elsewhere and into the future, because no one wants to face one’s own inner self.
The soul which has no fixed purpose in life is lost; to be everywhere, is to be nowhere.
Not being able to govern events, I govern myself.
It is a monstrous thing that I will say, but I will say it all the same: I find in many things more restraint and order in my morals than in my opinions, and my lust less depraved than my reason.
The value of life lies not in the length of days, but in the use we make of them… Whether you find satisfaction in life depends not on your tale of years, but on your will.