We spend our time envying people whom we wouldn't wish to be.
The least one can say of power is that a vocation for it is suspicious.
In our ideals we unwittingly reveal our vices.
Science has made us gods even before we are worthy of being men.
Kill one man, and you are a murderer. Kill millions of men, and you are a conqueror. Kill them all, and you are a god.
The ideal, without doubt, varies, but its enemies, alas, are always the same.
When I was young I pitied the old. Now old, it is the young I pity.
To live is often to struggle toward goals one has no desire to reach.
Hatred, for the man who is not engaged in it, is a little like the odor of garlic for one who hasn't eaten any.
The nobility of a human being is strictly independent of that of his convictions.
To say of men that they are bad is to say they are worse than we think we are, or worse than the ideal man whose image we have built up on the basis of a certain few.
Nothing leads the scientist so astray as a premature truth.
There are moments when very little truth would be enough to shape opinion. One might be hated at extremely low cost.
It is sometimes well for a blatant error to draw attention to overmodest truths.
We give others praise which we ourselves don't believe, as long as they respond with praise we can believe.
There are some persons we could not cut down to size without diminishing ourselves as well.
Take heed of critics even when they are not fair; resist them even when they are.
It is not easy to imagine how little interested a scientist usually is in the work of any other, with the possible exception of the teacher who backs him or the student who honors him.
I don't judge a regime by the damning criticism of the opposition, but by the ingenuous praise of the partisan.
On the brink of being satiated, desire still appears infinite.
I should have no use for a paradise in which I should be deprived of the right to prefer hell.
A man is not old as long as he is seeking something.
Stupidity, outrage, vanity, cruelty, iniquity, bad faith, falsehood - we fail to see the whole array when it is facing in the same direction as we.
In politics, yesterday's lie is attacked only to flatter today's.
Marriage simplifies life and complicates the day.
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