The one self- knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
It is good to know what a man is, and also what the world takes him for. But you do not understand him until you have learnt how he understands himself.
The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. And that is not happiness.
But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.
Religion is rather the attempt to express the complete reality of goodness through every aspect of our being.
His mind is so open - so open that ideas simply pass through it.
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Up to a certain point every man is what he thinks he is.
The hunter for aphorisms on human nature has to fish in muddy water, and he is even condemned to find much of his own mind.
The cost of a thing is what I call life which has to be exchanged for it, immediately or in the long run.
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe on instinct.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.
Another occupation might have been better.
We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
Eclecticism - every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
The man who has ceased to fear has ceased to care.
Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.
Adam knew Eve his wife and she conceived. It is a pity that this is still the only knowledge of their wives at which some men seem to arrive.
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
The propriety of some persons seems to consist in having improper thoughts about their neighbors.
An aphorism is true where it has fixed the impression of a genuine experience.
Reason teaches us that what is good is good for something, and that what is good for nothing is not good at all.
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