I believe that man is in the last resort so free a being that his right to be what he believes himself to be cannot be contested.
We often have need of a profound philosophy to restore to our feelings their original state of innocence, to find our way out of the rubble of things alien to us, to begin to feel for ourselves and to speak ourselves, and I might almost say to exist ourselves.
A person reveals his character by nothing so clearly as the joke he resents.
If this is philosophy it is at any rate a philosophy that is not in its right mind.
Affectation is a very good word when someone does not wish to confess to what he would none the less like to believe of himself
Actual aristocracy cannot be abolished by any law: all the law can do is decree how it is to be imparted and who is to acquire it.
The pleasures of the imagination are as it were only drawings and models which are played with by poor people who cannot afford the real thing.
Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.
Cautiousness in judgment is nowadays to be recommended to each and every one: if we gained only one incontestable truth every ten years from each of our philosophical writers the harvest we reaped would be sufficient.
The most dangerous untruths are truths slightly distorted.
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.
We are obliged to regard many of our original minds as crazy at least until we have become as clever as they are.
The worst thing you can possibly do is worrying and thinking about what you could have done.
A handful of soldiers is always better than a mouthful of arguments.
Food probably has a very great influence on the condition of men. Wine exercises a more visible influence, food does it more slowly but perhaps just as surely. Who knows if a well-prepared soup was not responsible for the pneumatic pump or a poor one for a war?