In a certain sense the Good is comfortless.
Very learned women are to be found, in the same manner as female warriors; but they are seldom or ever inventors.
I should like to lie at your feet and die in your arms.
An association of men who will not quarrel with one another is a thing which has never yet existed, from the greatest confederacy of nations down to a town meeting or a vestry.
I had rather fashion my mind than furnish it.
Be not afraid of greatness: some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.
It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
Against stupidity the very gods themselves contend in vain.
He is able who thinks he is able.
If I knew for a certainty that a man was coming to my house with the conscious design of doing me good, I should run for my life.
I don't have space to enter into the examples or the history of this, so I'm left with having to make the bold statement that culture is extinct.
Whoso neglects learning in his youth, loses the past and is dead for the future.
He who knows does not speak; He who speaks does not know. He who is truthful is not showy; He who is showy is not truthful. He who is virtuous does not dispute; He who disputes is not virtuous. He who is learned is not wise; He who is wise is not learned. Therefore the sage does not display his own merits.
Without health life is not life; it is only a state of langour and suffering - an image of death.
Who then is free? The wise man who can command himself.
Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Pick a flower on Earth and you move the farthest star.
There are many ways to be free. One of them is to transcend reality by imagination, as I try to do.
Any intelligent fool can make things bigger, more complex, and more violent. It takes a touch of genius -- and a lot of courage -- to move in the opposite direction.
The plastic virtues: purity, unity, and truth, keep nature in subjection.
What I cannot love, I overlook. Is that real friendship?
A powerful idea communicates some of its strength to him who challenges it.
A moving body whose motion was not retarded by any resisting force would continue to move to all eternity.
I have a lot of boyfriends, I want you to write that. Every country I visit, I have a different boyfriend. And I kiss them all.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.