The most successful tempters and thus the most dangerous are the deluded deluders.
Virtue by premeditation isn't worth much.
The noble simplicity in the works of nature only too often originates in the noble shortsightedness of him who observes it.
Everyone is a genius at least once a year; a real genius has his original ideas closer together.
Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
With most people disbelief in a thing is founded on a blind belief in some other thing.
He was then in his fifty-fourth year, when even in the case of poets reason and passion begin to discuss a peace treaty and usually conclude it not very long afterwards.
People who never have any time on their hands are those who do the least.
If another Messiah was born he could hardly do so much good as the printing-press.
There are very many people who read simply to prevent themselves from thinking.
Man is always partial and is quite right to be. Even impartiality is partial.
Once the good man was dead, one wore his hat and another his sword as he had worn them, a third had himself barbered as he had, a fourth walked as he did, but the honest man that he was -- nobody any longer wanted to be that.
If we make a couple of discoveries here and there we need not believe things will go on like this for ever. Just as we hit water when we dig in the earth, so we discover the incomprehensible sooner or later.
There are people who possess not so much genius as a certain talent for perceiving the desires of the century, or even of the decade, before it has done so itself.