All mens miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
There are only two kinds of men: the righteous who think they are sinners and the sinners who think they are righteous.
All sorrow has its root in man's inability to sit quiet in a room by himself.
Earnestness is enthusiasm tempered by reason.
Ugly deeds are most estimable when hidden.
Noble deeds that are concealed are most esteemed.
The highest order of mind is accused of folly, as well as the lowest. Nothing is thoroughly approved but mediocrity. The majority has established this, and it fixes its fangs on whatever gets beyond it either way.
Man's greatness lies in his power of thought.
Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves.
The more intelligent one is, the more men of originality one finds. Ordinary people find no difference between men.
Most of the evils of life arise from man's being unable to sit still in a room.
Vanity is so secure in the heart of man that everyone wants to be admired: even I who write this, and you who read this
The origins of disputes between philosophers is, that one class of them have undertaken to raise man by displaying his greatness, and the other to debase him by showing his miseries
We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason