A person is never happy except at the price of some ignorance.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
The poor have to labour in the face of the majestic equality of the law, which forbids the rich as well as the poor to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets, and to steal bread.
Devout believers are safeguarded in a high degree against the risk of certain neurotic illnesses; their acceptance of the universal neurosis spares them the task of constructing a personal one.
We reproach people for talking about themselves; but it is the subject they treat best.
Chance is perhaps the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
What can be more foolish than to think that all this rare fabric of heaven and earth could come by chance, when all the skill of art is not able to make an oyster!
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
Ignorance and error are necessary to life, like bread and water.