Women react differently: a French woman who sees herself betrayed by her husband will kill his mistress; an Italian will kill her husband; a Spaniard will kill both; and a German will kill herself.
Behold a universe so immense that I am lost in it. I no longer know where I am. I am just nothing at all. Our world is terrifying in its insignificance.
To be happy, one must have a good stomach and a bad heart.
A true philosopher is like an elephant; he never puts the second foot down until the first one is solidly in place.
A philosopher will not believe what he sees because he is too busy speculating about what he does not see.
An educated mind is, as it were, composed of all the minds of preceding ages.
Mathematicians are like lovers. Grant a mathematician the least principle, and he will draw from it a consequence which you must also grant him, and from this consequence another.
People almost always do great things without knowing how to do them, and are quite surprised to have done them.
Nothing can be more destructive to ambition, and the passion for conquest, than the true system of astronomy. What a poor thing is even the whole globe in comparison of the infinite extent of nature!
Leibniz never married; he had considered it at the age of fifty; but the person he had in mind asked for time to reflect. This gave Leibniz time to reflect, too, and so he never married.
Hardly anyone knows how much is gained by ignoring the future.
It is a great obstacle to happiness to expect too much.
It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see things as they really are.
Nature is never so admired as when she is understood.
There are three things I have loved but never understood. Art, music and women.
If I had my hand full of truth, I would take good care how I opened it.
I have lived one hundred years; and I die with the consolation of never having thrown the slightest ridicule upon the smallest virtue.
Since the princes take the Earth for their own, it's fair that the philosophers reserve the sky for themselves and rule there, but they should never permit the entry of others.
Modesty in women has two special advantages,--it enhances beauty and veils uncomeliness.
Nature intends that, at fixed periods, men should succeed each other by the instrumentality of death. We shall never outwit Nature; we shall die as usual.
Neatness is a crowning grace of womanhood.
Truth comes home to the mind so
naturally, that when we learn it for the first time, it seems as though we did no more
than recall it to our memory.
I detest war; it ruins conversation
We must always skim over pleasures. They are like marshy lands that we must travel nimbly, hardly daring to put down our feet.
It is the passions that do and undo everything.
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