For the woman, the man is a means: the end is always the child.
Women are considered deep – why? Because one can never discover any bottom to them. Women are not even shallow.
There are people who want to make men’s lives more difficult for no other reason than the chance it provides them afterwards to offer their prescription for alleviating life; their Christianity, for instance.
It is the most sensual men who need to flee women and torment their bodies.
Character is determined more by the lack of certain experiences than by those one has had.
Those who cannot understand how to put their thoughts on ice should not enter into the heat of debate.
Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?
The desire to annoy no one, to harm no one, can equally well be the sign of a just as of an anxious disposition.
‘Evil men have no songs.’ How is it that the Russians have songs?
Not necessity, not desire – no, the love of power is the demon of men. Let them have everything – health, food, a place to live, entertainment – they are and remain unhappy and low-spirited: for the demon waits and waits and will be satisfied.