The hunger for facile wisdom is the root of all false philosophy.
Friendship is almost always the union of a part of one mind with the part of another people are friends in spots.
When men and women agree, it is only in their conclusions their reasons are always different.
Happiness is the only sanction of life where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experiment.
Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.
It takes patience to appreciate domestic bliss; volatile spirits prefer unhappiness.
A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption; it is not a symbol, but a fraud.
To be interested in the changing seasons is, in this middling zone, a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
Many possessions, if they do not make a man better, are at least expected to make his children happier; and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
Music is essentially useless, as life is.
Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
What renders man an imaginative and moral being is that in society he gives new aims to his life which could not have existed in solitude: the aims of friendship, religion, science, and art.
Art like life should be free, since both are experimental.
Beauty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature, and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good.
The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is, in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Language is like money, without which specific relative values may well exist and be felt, but cannot be reduced to a common denominator.
Each religion, so dear to those whose life it sanctifies, and fulfilling so necessary a function in the society that has adopted it, necessarily contradicts every other religion, and probably contradicts itself
Love is only half the illusion the lover, but not his love, is deceived.
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