The ancient Romans built their greatest masterpieces of architecture, their amphitheaters, for wild beasts to fight in.
We are rarely proud when we are alone.
Never argue at the dinner table, for the one who is not hungry always gets the best of the argument.
In every author let us distinguish the man from his works.
The best is the enemy of the good.
To the living we owe respect, but to the dead we owe only the truth.
To hold a pen is to be at war.
History is only the register of crimes and misfortunes.
The mouth obeys poorly when the heart murmurs.
A witty saying proves nothing.
God is not on the side of the big battalions, but on the side of those who shoot best.
To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
Anyone who seeks to destroy the passions instead of controlling them is trying to play the angel.
The secret of being tiresome is in telling everything.
Froth at the top, dregs at bottom, but the middle excellent.
The husband who decides to surprise his wife is often very much surprised himself.
Do well and you will have no need for ancestors.
I have lived eighty years of life and know nothing for it, but to be resigned and tell myself that flies are born to be eaten by spiders and man to be devoured by sorrow.
It is the flash which appears, the thunderbolt will follow.
This self-love is the instrument of our preservation; it resembles the provision for the perpetuity of mankind: it is necessary, it is dear to us, it gives us pleasure, and we must conceal it.
Stand upright, speak thy thoughts, declare The truth thou hast, that all may share; Be bold, proclaim it everywhere: They only live who dare.
The true triumph of reason is that it enables us to get along with those who do not possess it.
Anyone who has the power to make you believe absurdities has the power to make you commit injustices.
Is there anyone so wise as to learn by the experience of others?
Whoever serves his country well has no need of ancestors.