One can acquire everything in solitude except character.
A woman of generous character will sacrifice her life a thousand times over for her lover, but will break with him for ever over a question of pride.
The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same.
A very small degree of hope is sufficient to cause the birth of love.
A novel is like a bow, and the violin that produces the sound is the reader's soul.
In our calling, we have to choose; we must make our fortune either in this world or in the next, there is no middle way.
Love is like fever; it comes and goes without the will having any part of the process.
One-half, the finest half, of life is hidden from the man who does not love with passion.
A novel is a mirror which passes over a highway. Sometimes it reflects to your eyes the blue of the skies, at others the churned-up mud of the road.
A good book is an event in my life.
God's only excuse is that he does not exist.
Mathematics allows for no hypocrisy and no vagueness.
The idea which tyrants find most useful is the idea of God.
I see but one rule: to be clear. If I am not clear, all my world crumbles to nothing.
Only great minds can afford a simple style.
Love is like a fever which comes and goes quite independently of the will. ... there are no age limits for love.
When a man leaves his mistress, he runs the risk of being betrayed two or three times daily.
Love has always been the most important business in my life, I should say the only one.
The worst of prison life, he thought, was not being able to close his door.
People happy in love have an air of intensity.
Life is too short, and the time we waste in yawning never can be regained.
All religions are founded on the fear of the many and the cleverness of the few.
The first qualification for a historian is to have no ability to invent.
If you don't love me, it does not matter, anyway I can love for both of us.
Almost all our misfortunes in life come from the wrong notions we have about the things that happen to us.
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