My life has been full of terrible misfortunes most of which never happened.
Michel de Montaigne
I do not care so much what I am to others as I care what I am to myself.
I speak the truth, not my fill of it, but as much as I dare speak; and I dare to do so a little more as I grow old.
I study myself more than any other subject. That is my metaphysics, that is my physics.
Lend yourself to others, but give yourself to yourself.
For truth itself does not have the privilege to be employed at any time and in every way; its use, noble as it is, has its circumscriptions and limits.
An unattempted lady could not vaunt of her chastity.
Let us not be ashamed to speak what we shame not to think.
Every abridgement of a good book is a fool abridged.
It is a disaster that wisdom forbids you to be satisfied with yourself and always sends you away dissatisfied and fearful, whereas stubbornness and foolhardiness fill their hosts with joy and assurance.
Whatever can be done another day can be done today.
The plague of man is boasting of his knowledge.
Things are not bad in themselves, but our cowardice makes them so.
Dying is a very dull, dreary affair. My advice to you is to have nothing whatever to do with it.
It is the part of cowardliness, and not of virtue, to seek to squat itself in some hollow lurking hole, or to hide herself under some massive tomb, thereby to shun the strokes of fortune.
The most certain sign of wisdom is cheerfulness.
The most manifest sign of wisdom is a continual cheerfulness; her state is like that in the regions above the moon, always clear and serene.
It is a sign of contraction of the mind when it is content, or of weariness. A spirited mind never stops within itself it is always aspiring and going beyond its strength.
When I play with my cat, who knows if I am not a pastime for her more than she is to me?
The beauty of stature is the only beauty of men.
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