Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much
Man is but a reed, the most feeble thing in nature, but he is a thinking reed
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.
Chance gives rise to thoughts, and chance removes them; no art can keep or acquire them.
If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists.
Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.
All human evil comes from a single cause, man's inability to sit still in a room.
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.
Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this
Noble deeds are most estimable when hidden.
Imagination disposes of everything it creates beauty, justice, and happiness, which are everything in this world.
People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come into the mind of others.
A mere trifle consoles us, for a mere trifle distresses us.
Our soul is cast into a body, where it finds number, time, dimension. Thereupon it reasons, and calls this nature, necessity, and can believe nothing else.
What a chimera then is man! What a novelty! What a monster, what a chaos, what a contradiction, what a prodigy! Judge of all things, imbecile worm of the earth; depositary of truth, a sink of uncertainty and error; the pride and refuse of the universe!
Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.
It is natural for the mind to believe and for the will to love; so that, for want of true objects, they must attach themselves to false.
Our nature consists in motion; complete rest is death.
People are usually more convinced by reasons they discovered themselves than by those found by others.
The charm of fame is so great, that we like every object to which it is attached, even death.
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