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.
A philosopher will not believe what he sees because he is too busy speculating about what he does not see.
Hardly anyone knows how much is gained by ignoring the future.
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.
People almost always do great things without knowing how to do them, and are quite surprised to have done them.
To be happy, one must have a good stomach and a bad heart.
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.
It is high time for me to depart, for at my age I now begin to see things as they really are.
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.
Nature is never so admired as when she is understood.
It is a great obstacle to happiness to expect too much.
I have lived one hundred years; and I die with the consolation of never having thrown the slightest ridicule upon the smallest virtue.
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 feel nothing, apart from a certain difficulty in continuing to exist.
A work of morality, politics, criticism will be more elegant, other things being equal, if it is shaped by the hand of geometry.
A well-cultivated mind is, so to speak, made up of all the minds of preceding ages; it is only one single mind which has been educated during all this time.
We must always skim over pleasures. They are like marshy lands that we must travel nimbly, hardly daring to put down our feet.
To despise theory is to have the excessively vain pretension to do without knowing what one does, and to speak without knowing what one says.
The Art of Flying is but newly invented, twill improve by degrees, and in time grow perfect; then we may fly as far as the Moon.
Modesty in women has two special advantages,--it enhances beauty and veils uncomeliness.
The judgment may be compared to a clock or watch, where the most ordinary machine is sufficient to tell the hours; but the most elaborate alone can point out the minutes and seconds, and distinguish the smallest differences of time.
A man finds no sweeter voice in all the world than that which chants his praise.
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