The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved; loved for ourselves, or rather in spite of ourselves.
It is by suffering that human beings become angels.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
A great artist is a great man in a great child.
Men like me are impossible until the day when they become necessary.
As a means of contrast with the sublime, the grotesque is, in our view, the richest source that nature can offer.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
Our acts make or mar us, we are the children of our own deeds.
A faith is a necessity to a man. Woe to him who believes in nothing.
One is not idle because one is absorbed. There is both visible and invisible labor. To contemplate is to toil, to think is to do. The crossed arms work, the clasped hands act. The eyes upturned to Heaven are an act of creation.
No one knows like a woman how to say things which are at once gentle and deep.
Stupidity talks, vanity acts.
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
Peace is the virtue of civilization. War is its crime.
The learned man knows that he is ignorant.
Curiosity is one of the forms of feminine bravery.
When a man is out of sight, it is not too long before he is out of mind.
Never laugh at those who suffer; suffer sometimes those who laugh.
By putting forward the hands of the clock you shall not advance the hour.
There is a sacred horror about everything grand. It is easy to admire mediocrity and hills; but whatever is too lofty, a genius as well as a mountain, an assembly as well as a masterpiece, seen too near, is appalling.
Sorrow is a fruit. God does not make it grow on limbs too weak to bear it.
Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.
Thought is the labor of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.