To make converts is the natural ambition of everyone.
Man... knows only when he is satisfied and when he suffers, and only his sufferings and his satisfactions instruct him concerning himself, teach him what to seek and what to avoid. For the rest, man is a confused creature; he knows not whence he comes or whither he goes, he knows little of the world, and above all, he knows little of himself.
All theory, dear friend, is gray, but the golden tree of life springs ever green.
We always have time enough, if we will but use it aright.
One of the most striking signs of the decay of art is when we see its separate forms jumbled together.
Before you can do something you must first be something.
If any man wishes to write a clear style, let him first be clear in his thoughts.
Certain defects are necessary for the existence of individuality.
The highest problem of any art is to cause by appearance the illusion of a higher reality.
If you modestly enjoy your fame you are not unworthy to rank with the holy.
They teach in academies far too many things, and far too much that is useless.
I can tell you, honest friend, what to believe: believe life; it teaches better than book or orator.
The coward threatens when he is safe.
Wood burns because it has the proper stuff in it; and a man becomes famous because he has the proper stuff in him.
While man's desires and aspirations stir he cannot choose but err.