I only see clearly what I remember.
Fame is but the breath of people, and that often unwholesome.
God made me and broke the mold.
I have resolved on an enterprise that has no precedent and will have no imitator. I want to set before my fellow human beings a man in every way true to nature; and that man will be myself.
The first step towards vice is to shroud innocent actions in mystery, and whoever likes to conceal something sooner or later has reason to conceal it.
I undertake the same project as Montaigne, but with an aim contrary to his own: for he wrote his Essays only for others, and I write my reveries only for myself.
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
We do not know what is really good or bad fortune.
Our affections as well as our bodies are in perpetual flux.
Take from the philosopher the pleasure of being heard and his desire for knowledge ceases.
The English are predisposed to pride, the French to vanity.
O love, if I regret the age when one savors you, it is not for the hour of pleasure, but for the one that follows it.
To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.
However great a man’s natural talent may be, the act of writing cannot be learned all at once.
Remorse sleeps during prosperity but awakes bitter consciousness during adversity.