People are generally better persuaded by the reasons which they have themselves discovered than by those which have come in to the mind of others.
Reason's last step is the recognition that there are an infinite number of things which are beyond it
The only shame is to have none
Animals do not admire each other. A horse does not admire its companion.
All men's miseries derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone.
There are two types of minds - the mathematical, and what might be called the intuitive. The former arrives at its views slowly, but they are firm and rigid; the latter is endowed with greater flexibility and applies itself simultaneously to the dive
Rivers are roads which move, and which carry us whither we desire to go
There are only three types of people; those who have found God and serve him; those who have not found God and seek him, and those who live not seeking, or finding him. The first are rational and happy; the second unhappy and rational, and the third foolish and unhappy.
Through space the universe encompasses and swallows me up like an atom; through thought I comprehend the world.
The mind of the greatest man on earth is not so independent of circumstances as not to feel inconvenienced by the merest buzzing noise about him; it does not need the report of a cannon to disturb his thoughts. The creaking of a vane or a pully is quite enough. Do not wonder that he reasons ill just now; a fly is buzzing by his ear; it is quite enough to unfit him for giving good counsel.
A trifle consoles us, for a trifle distresses us.
Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarrelled with him?
Those who do not hate their own selfishness and regard themselves as more important than the rest of the world are blind because the truth lies elsewhere
If a soldier or laborer complains of the hardships of his lot, set him to do nothing
You always admire what you really don't understand.