All men begin their learning with Homer.
The longer I live, the more I feel that true repose consists in ‘renouncing’ one’s own self, by which I mean making up one’s mind to admit that there is no importance whatever in being ‘happy’ or ‘unhappy’ in the usual meaning of the words.
We inhabit a language rather than a country.
The corruption of the best things gives rise to the worst.
I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. Not to dare is to lose oneself.
The numerous evils to which individual persons are exposed are due to the defects existing in the persons themselves. We complain and seek relief from our own faults; we suffer from the evils which we, by our own free will, inflict on ourselves and ascribe them to God, who is far from being connected with them!
Love does not alter the beloved, it alters itself.
Love is not altogether a delirium, yet it has many points in common therewith.
Blind commitment to a theory is not an intellectual virtue: it is an intellectual crime.