There are two contrary impulses which govern this man's brain-the one sane, and the other eccentric. They alternate at regular intervals.
Man, of all the animals, is probably the only one to regard himself as a great delicacy.
Then not only an old man, but also a drunkard, becomes a second time a child.
Herein we perceive a trait characteristic of man : two very dissimilar successive perceptions leave a common residue, a distinct impression, solicitation, impulsion, which results in the invention or adoption of some mode of expression, either by gesture, cry, articulation, or name.
I am sorry to think that you do not get a man's most effective criticism until you provoke him. Severe truth is expressed with some bitterness.
If we desire to avoid insult, we must be able to repel it; if we desire to secure peace, one of the most powerful instruments of our rising prosperity, it must be known, that we are at all times ready for War.
At this time I had complete confidence in Russian policy and believed that the Western Allies deliberately allowed Germany and Russia to fight each other to death.
I do not like the man who squanders life for fame; give me the man who living makes a name.
A man's true character comes out when he's drunk.
You see many stars at night in the sky but find them not when the sun rises; can you say that there are no stars in the heaven of day? So, O man! because you behold not God in the days of your ignorance, say not that there is no God.
The three great problems of this century; the degradation of man in the proletariat, the subjection of women through hunger, the atrophy of the child by darkness.
A man whose life has been dishonourable is not entitled to escape disgrace in death.
The way for a young man to rise is to improve himself in every way he can, never suspecting that anybody wishes to hinder him.
If a man suffers ill, let it be without shame; for this is the only profit when we are dead. You will never say a good word about deeds that are evil and disgraceful.
Never throughout history has a man who lived a life of ease left a name worth remembering.
There has never yet been a man in our history who led a life of ease whose name is worth remembering.
There is an ecstasy that marks the summit of life, and beyond which life cannot rise. And such is the paradox of living, this ecstasy comes when one is most alive, and it comes as a complete forgetfulness that one is alive.
The shallow consider liberty a release from all law, from every constraint. The wise man sees in it, on the contrary, the potent Law of Laws.
Words do not change their meanings so drastically in the course of centuries as, in our minds, names do in the course of a year or two.
That only is a disgrace to a man which he has deserved to suffer.
We are motivated by a keen desire for praise, and the better a man is the more he is inspired by glory. The very philosophers themselves, even in those books which they write in contempt of glory, inscribe their names.
A man's interest in a single bluebird is worth more than a complete but dry list of the fauna and flora of a town.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.
Were I called on to define, very briefly, the term Art, I should call it 'the reproduction of what the Senses perceive in Nature through the veil of the soul.' The mere imitation, however accurate, of what is in Nature, entitles no man to the sacred name of 'Artist.'