And on the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
When I play with my cat, how do I know that she is not passing time with me rather than I with her?
On the highest throne in the world, we still sit only on our own bottom.
My art and profession is to live.
I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
Saying is one thing and doing is another
There is as much difference between us and ourselves as there is between us and others.
Man is always inclined to regard the small circle in which he lives as the center of the world and to make his particular, private lifethe standard of the universe and to make his particular, private life the standard of the universe. But he must give up this vain pretense, this petty provincial way of thinking and judging.
To begin depriving death of its greatest advantage over us, let us adopt a way clean contrary to that common one; let us deprive death of its strangeness, let us frequent it, let us get used to it; let us have nothing more often in mind than death... We do not know where death awaits us: so let us wait for it everywhere.
Valor is strength, not of legs and arms, but of heart and soul; it consists not in the worth of our horse or our weapons, but in our own.
Nothing fixes a thing so intensely in the memory as the wish to forget it.
If I speak of myself in different ways, that is because I look at myself in different ways.
It is a small soul, buried beneath the weight of affairs, that does not know how to get clean away from them, that cannot put them aside and pick them up again.
Such as are in immediate fear of a losing their estates, of banishment, or of slavery, live in perpetual anguish, and lose all appetite and repose;whereas such as are actually poor, slaves, or exiles, ofttimes live as merrily as other folk.
If ordinary people complain that I speak too much of myself, I complain that they do not even think of themselves.
I had rather fashion my mind than furnish it.
Our own peculiar condition is that we are as fit to be laughed at as able to laugh.
To compose our character is our duty, not to compose books, and to win, not battles and provinces, but order and tranquility in our conduct. Our great and glorious masterpiece is to live appropriately.
The souls of emperors and cobblers are cast in the same mold. The same reason that makes us wrangle with a neighbor creates a war betwixt princes.
I quote others only to better express myself.
When I am attacked by gloomy thoughts, nothing helps me so much as running to my books. They quickly absorb me and banish the clouds from my mind.
Learned we may be with another man's learning: we can only be wise with wisdom of our own.
I am afraid that our eyes are bigger than our stomachs, and that we have more curiosity than understanding. We grasp at everything, but catch nothing except wind.
The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.