It is a far greater happiness to obey no one than to rule the whole world.
Every man is his own worst enemy
There is a star above us which unites souls of the first order, though worlds and ages separate them.
God has neither form nor shape under which we can know Him; when he speaks of Himself in metaphors and similes, He is adapting Himself to our foolishness, our limited capacity.
As you know, no one over thirty years of age is afraid of tittle-tattle. I myself find it much less difficult to strangle a man than to fear him.
I love men, not because they are men, but because they are not women
Ignorance is not innocence.
We grow old more through indolence, than through age.
It would not be difficult to be a better ruler than I was: for I admit that I ruled badly; and even if I was fortunate enough to satisfy my subjects, I was not fortunate enough to satisfy myself.
Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it.
It is quite as ignominious to allow oneself to be deceived as to deceive.
We read for instruction, for correction, and for consolation.
Life is too short to be able to love as one should.
I was born, have lived, and will die free.
You should be more afraid of a stupid man than of an evil one.
To some people everything is permitted.
Other things titillate me more keenly than the pale pleasures of marriage.
Great armies are nothing but a collection of weakness.
There are few prisoners more closely guarded than princes.
One can really love only once.
Nuns and married women are equally unhappy, if in different ways.
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