Although nature commences with reason and ends in experience it is necessary for us to do the opposite, that is to commence with experience and from this to proceed to investigate the reason.
A good painter is to paint two main things, men and the working of man's mind.
Men of lofty genius when they are doing the least work are most active.
Nothing can be love or hated unless it is first known.
As a well spent day brings happy sleep, so life well used brings happy death.
The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things.
Obstacles cannot crush me. Every obstacle yields to stern resolve. He who is fixed to a star does not change his mind.
Anyone who in discussion relies upon authority uses, not his understanding, but rather his memory.