I am, indeed, a king, because I know how to rule myself.
I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
If you want to annoy your neighbors, tell the truth about them.
A high heart ought to bear calamities and not flee them, since in bearing them appears the grandeur of the mind and in fleeing them the cowardice of the heart.
Even when I'm railed at, I get my quota of renown.
Why should I be ashamed to describe what nature was not ashamed to create?
Let us love winter, for it is the spring of genius.
Angry men are blind and foolish, for reason at such time takes flight and, in her absence; wrath plunders all the riches of the intellect, while the judgment remains the prisoner of its own pride.
Telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies.
I keep my friends as misers do their treasure, because, of all the things granted us by wisdom, none is greater or better than friendship.
A man who permits his honor to be taken, permits his life to be taken.
Nothing, it appears to me, is of greater value in a man than the power of judgment; and the man who has it may be compared to a chest filled with books, for he is the son of nature and the father of art.
Love doesn't hide. It stays and fights. It goes the distance, that's why love is so strong. So it can carry you all the way home.
Life is a toy made of glass; it appears to be of inestimable price, but in reality it is very cheap.
Flee laziness which while it produces an immediate delight, ends in the sorrow of repentance. And know that nature without exercise is a seed shut up in the pod, and art without practice is nothing.
The art of war is like the art of the courtesan; indeed they might be called sisters, since both are slaves of desperation.
Anger represents a certain power, when a great mind, prevented from executing its own generous desires, is moved by it.
Age has a good mind and sorry shanks.
We are the buffoons of our children.
Poetry is a whim of Nature in her lighter moods; it requires nothing but its own madness and, lacking that, it becomes a soundless cymbal, a belfry without a bell.
Learning is the property of those who fear to do disagreeable things.
Desire is poison at lunch and wormwood at dinner; your bed is a stone, friendship is hateful and your fancy is always fixed on one thing.
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we! It seems to me that that which is given us by nature for our own preservation ought to be worn round the neck as a pendant and in the hat for a medal.
He who has not been at a tavern knows not what a paradise it is. O holy tavern! O miraculous tavern!--holy, because no carking cares are there, nor weariness, nor pain; and miraculous, because of the spits, which themselves turn round and round!
What evil is there in seeing a man possess a woman? Why, the beasts would be more free than we!
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