Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.
A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
When a thing has been said and well, have no scruple. Take it and copy it.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
An education which does not cultivate the will is an education that depraves the mind.
You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.
To imagine is everything, to know is nothing at all.
If the path be beautiful, let us not ask where it leads.
History books that contain no lies are extremely dull.
An education isn't how much you have committed to memory, or even how much you know. It's being able to differentiate between what you know and what you don't.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Existence would be intolerable if we were never to dream.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
I thank fate for having made me born poor. Poverty taught me the true value of the gifts useful to life.
There are very honest people who do not think that they have had a bargain unless they have cheated a merchant.
Without lies humanity would perish of despair and boredom.
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.
We do not know what to do with this short life, yet we want another which will be eternal.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
What frightens us most in a madman is his sane conversation.