The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian, unless the latter, too, be lovers in disguise.
The irrational in the human has something about it altogether repulsive and terrible, as we see in the maniac, the miser, the drunkard or the ape.
History is always written wrong, and so always needs to be rewritten.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
Happiness is the only sanction of life; where happiness fails, existence remains a mad and lamentable experience.
Life is not a spectacle or a feast; it is a predicament.
The primary use of conversation is to satisfy the impulse to talk.
If pain could have cured us we should long ago have been saved.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. When change is absolute there remains no being to improve and no direction is set for possible improvement: and when experience is not retained, as among savages, infancy is perpetual.
There is no cure for birth or death save to enjoy the interval.
In endowing us with memory, nature has revealed to us a truth utterly unimaginable to the unreflective creation, the truth of immortality....The most ideal human passion is love, which is also the most absolute and animal and one of the most ephemeral.
Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Society is like the air, necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
Nonsense is good only because common sense is so limited.