Joys are our wings, sorrows our spurs.
No heroine can create a hero through love of one, but she can give birth to one.
Despair is the only genuine atheism.
Recollection is the only paradise from which we cannot be turned out.
The darkness of death is like the evening twilight; it makes all objects appear more lovely to the dying.
Passion makes the best observations and the sorriest conclusions.
Other exercises develop single powers and muscles, but dancing embellishes, exercises, and equalizes all the muscles at once.
Strong characters are brought out by change of situation, and gentle ones by permanence.
Humanity is never so beautiful as when praying for forgiveness, or else forgiving another.
The timid are afraid before the danger, the cowardly while in danger, and the courageous after danger.
Only action gives life strength, only moderation gives it charm.
The child is not to be educated for the present, but for the remote future, and often is opposition to the immediate future.
Without God there is for mankind no purpose, no goal, no hope, only a wavering future, an eternal dread of every darkness.
It is simpler and easier to flatter people than to praise them.
Memory is the only paradise from which we cannot be driven.
No author can be as moral as his work and no preacher as pious as his sermons.
Humankind's chief fault is that they have so many small ones.
A man never discloses his own character so clearly as when he describes another's.
No one is more profoundly sad as one who laughs too much.
Men, like bullets, go farthest when they are smoothest.