Joy's smile is much closer to tears than laughter.
The man who does not know other languages, unless he is a man of genius, necessarily has deficiencies in his ideas.
One of the hardest tasks is to extract continually from one's soul an almost inexhaustible ill will.
A compliment is like a kiss through a veil.
I met in the street a very poor young man who was in love. His hat was old, his coat worn, his cloak was out at the elbows, the water passed through his shoes, - and the stars through his soul.
I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!
Style is the substance of the subject called unceasingly to the surface.
Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
There is one thing stronger than all the armies in the world, and that is an idea whose time as come.
The ode lives upon the ideal, the epic upon the grandiose, the drama upon the real.
Evil. Mistrust those who rejoice at it even more than those who do it.
My tastes are aristocratic, my actions democratic.
Sublime upon sublime scarcely presents a contrast, and we need a little rest from everything, even the beautiful.
Genius: the superhuman in man.
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs.
Everything being a constant carnival, there is no carnival left.
To think of shadows is a serious thing.
People do not lack strength; they lack will.
It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
The human soul has still greater need of the ideal than of the real. It is by the real that we exist; it is by the ideal that we live.
The flesh is the surface of the unknown.
One believes others will do what he will do to himself.
The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ; it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.
Well, for us, in history where goodness is a rare pearl, he who was good almost takes precedence over he who was great.