You hate someone whom you really wish to love, but whom you cannot love. Perhaps he himself prevents you. That is a disguised form of love.
It doesn’t much signify whom one marries, for one is sure to find next morning that it was someone else.
He is happy whom circumstances suit his temper; but he Is more excellent who suits his temper to any circumstance.
The intellectual who wants to do her work properly must today go back to the starting point: the woman whom she knows, and first of all to herself. It is at that level, and at no other, that she ought to begin to think about the world situation.
There are numerous cases of that, where one of our writers discovers another writer whom he likes, and we then take that book on. So it’s a very close relationship. We can do that because we’re so small.
The friends whom I have are invaluable, and although not numerous they are sufficient for my enjoyment; and the texture of my own mind renders me very indifferent to the rest of the world.
A tyrant must put on the appearance of uncommon devotion to religion. Subjects are less apprehensive of illegal treatment from a ruler whom they consider god-fearing and pious. On the other hand, they do less easily move against him, believing that he has the gods on his side.
What is fame? The advantage of being known by people of whom you yourself know nothing, and for whom you care as little.
Beauty is an outward gift, which is seldom despised, except by those to whom it has been refused.
Only a humanity to whom death has become as indifferent as its members, that has itself died, can inflict it administratively on innumerable people.