Soon silence will have passed into legend. Man has turned his back on silence. Day after day he invents machines and devices that increase noise and distract humanity from the essence of life, contemplation, meditation.
You traverse the world in search of happiness, which is within the reach of every man. A contented mind confers it on all.
I also had a brother who was like me a musician and a composer. A man of great talent, far more gifted than I. He died very young... he killed himself in the prime of his life.
Every true man, sir, who is a little above the level of the beasts and plants does not live for the sake of living, without knowing how to live; but he lives so as to give a meaning and a value of his own to life.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
The presentations and conceptions of the average man of the world are formed and dominated, not by the full and pure desire for knowledge as an end in itself, but by the struggle to adapt himself favourably to the conditions of life.
Anything for the quick life, as the man said when he took the situation at the lighthouse.
If a man neglects education, he walks lame to the end of his life.
The most fleeting and most subtle shades of sentiment belong to Rubens; in this respect he is a treasure for novelist and psychologist; he took note of the passing refinements of moral expression as well as of the soft volume of sanguine flesh; no one has gone beyond him in knowledge of the living organism and of the animal man.
A man should control his life. Mine is controlling me.
Absurdity is what I like most in life, and there's humor in struggling in ignorance. If you saw a man repeatedly running into a wall until he was a bloody pulp, after a while it would make you laugh because it becomes absurd.
Any life is made up of a single moment, the moment in which a man finds out, once and for all, who he is.
Take care to sell your horse before he dies. The art of life is passing losses on.
A man's friendships are one of the best measures of his worth.
If a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it.
Content is a word unknown to life; it is also a word unknown to man.
The most happy man is he who knows how to bring into relation the end and beginning of his life.
Life is thickly sown with thorns, and I know no other remedy than to pass quickly through them. The longer we dwell on our misfortunes, the greater is their power to harm us.
If you maintain a dead church, contribute to a dead Bible-society, vote with a great party either for the government or against it, spread your table like base housekeepers, - under all these screens I have diffuculty to detect the precise man you are: and of course so much force is withdrawn from your proper life.? But do your work and I shall know you.? Do your work, and you shall reinforce yourself.? A man must consider what a blind-man's bluff is this game of conformity.? If I know your sect I anticipate your argument.
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.
As told in Friendship with God, if we simply decided to believe and act as if first, we're all one, and second, life is eternal, it would render virtually everything we've done all our lives pointless.
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.
Fan the sinking flame of hilarity with the wing of friendship; and pass the rosy wine.
A man whose life has been dishonourable is not entitled to escape disgrace in death.
Each man must look to himself to teach him the meaning of life. It is not something discovered: it is something molded.