We become moral when we are unhappy.
In theory one is aware that the earth revolves, but in practice one does not perceive it, the ground upon which one treads seems not to move, and one can live undisturbed. So it is with Time in one's life.
Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.
The charms of the passing woman are generally in direct proportion to the swiftness of her passing.
It is not because other people are dead that our affection for them grows faint, it is because we ourselves are dying.
There is no man, however wise, who has not at some period of his youth said things, or lived in a way the consciousness of which is so unpleasant to him in later life that he would gladly, if he could, expunge it from his memory.
The paradoxes of today are the prejudices of tomorrow, since the most benighted and the most deplorable prejudices have had their moment of novelty when fashion lent them its fragile grace.
Happiness is beneficial for the body, but it is grief that develops the powers of the mind.
A woman one loves rarely suffices for all our needs, so we deceive her with another whom we do not love.
Like everybody who is not in love, he thought one chose the person to be loved after endless deliberations and on the basis of particular qualities or advantages.
Let us leave pretty women to men devoid of imagination.
It is always during a passing state of mind that we make lasting resolutions.
Every reader finds himself. The writer's work is merely a kind of optical instrument that makes it possible for the reader to discern what, without this book, he would perhaps never have seen in himself.
The time at our disposal each day is elastic; the passions we feel dilate it, those that inspire us shrink it, and habit fills it.
The only paradise is paradise lost.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
People wish to learn to swim and at the same time to keep one foot on the ground.
The bonds that unite another person to our self exist only in our mind.
Love is space and time measured by the heart.
The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
Like many intellectuals, he was incapable of saying a simple thing in a simple way.
Lies are essential to humanity. They are perhaps as important as the pursuit of pleasure and moreover are dictated by that pursuit.
We are able to find everything in our memory, which is like a dispensary or chemical laboratory in which chance steers our hand sometimes to a soothing drug and sometimes to a dangerous poison.
It is in moments of illness that we are compelled to recognize that we live not alone but chained to a creature of a different kingdom, whole worlds apart, who has no knowledge of us and by whom it is impossible to make ourselves understood: our body.