It is a far greater happiness to obey no one than to rule the whole world.
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.
We grow old more through indolence, than through age.
It is quite as ignominious to allow oneself to be deceived as to deceive.
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.
There is a star above us which unites souls of the first order, though worlds and ages separate them.
Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it.
Life is too short to be able to love as one should.
Ignorance is not innocence.
Every man is his own worst enemy
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.
I was born, have lived, and will die free.
I love men, not because they are men, but because they are not women
You should be more afraid of a stupid man than of an evil one.
We read for instruction, for correction, and for consolation.
Other things titillate me more keenly than the pale pleasures of marriage.
One can really love only once.
There are few prisoners more closely guarded than princes.
Nuns and married women are equally unhappy, if in different ways.
Great armies are nothing but a collection of weakness.
To some people everything is permitted.
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