Kind words do not cost much. Yet they accomplish much.
Evil is easy, and has infinite forms.
Any unity which doesn't have its origin in the multitudes is tyranny.
Habit is a second nature that destroys the first. But what is nature? Why is habit not natural? I am very much afraid that nature itself is only a first habit, just as habit is a second nature.
Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
To go beyond the bounds of moderation is to outrage humanity.
It is superstitious to put one's hopes in formalities, but arrogant to refuse to submit to them.
Eloquence is a painting of the thoughts.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still and quiet in a room alone.
Nature has perfections, in order to show that she is the image of God; and defects, to show that she is only his image.
Man is only a reed, the weakest in nature; but he is a thinking reed. There is no need for the whole universe to take up arms to crush him: a vapor, a drop of water is enough to kill him. But even if the universe were to crush him, man would still be nobler than his slayer, because he knows that he is dying and the advantage the universe has over him. The universe knows nothing of this.
Do you wish people to think well of you? Don't speak well of yourself.
One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.
I have discovered that all human evil comes from this, man's being unable to sit still in a room.