Learn to... be what you are, and learn to resign with a good grace all that you are not.
To win true peace, a man needs to feel himself directed, pardoned, and sustained by a supreme power, to feel himself in the right road, at the point where God would have him be - in order with God and the universe. This faith gives strength and calm.
A modest garden contains, for those who know how to look and to wait, more instruction than a library.
Every life is a profession of faith, and exercises an inevitable and silent influence.
Our duty is to be useful, not according to our desires but according to our powers.
Let us be true: this is the highest maxim of art and of life, the secret of eloquence and of virtue, and of all moral authority.
Liberty, equality - bad principles! The only true principle for humanity is justice; and justice to the feeble is protection and kindness.
Conquering any difficulty always gives one a secret joy, for it means pushing back a boundary-line. and adding to one's liberty.
Mutual respect implies discretion and reserve even in love itself; it means preserving as much liberty as possible to those whose life we share. We must distrust our instinct of intervention, for the desire to make one's own will prevail is often disguised under the mask of solicitude.
Clever people will recognize and tolerate nothing but cleverness.
A belief is not true because it is useful.
Music is harmony, harmony is perfection, perfection is our dream, and our dream is heaven
Destiny has two ways of crushing us -- by refusing our wishes and by fulfilling them.
Work while you have the light. You are responsible for the talent that has been entrusted to you.
Sympathy is the first condition of criticism.