Power does not consist in striking with force or with frequency, but in striking true.
Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
Women are tenacious, and all of them should be tenacious of respect; without esteem they cannot exist; esteem is the first demand that they make of love.
Ideas consume the ages as passions consume men. When man is cured, humanity may possibly cure itself.
Death unites as well as separates; it silences all paltry feeling.
Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
A mothers happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
Thought is a key to all treasures; the misers gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyments have been intellectual joys.
The more a man judges, the less he loves.
It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day, than to say bright things from time to time.
People exaggerate both happiness and unhappiness; we are never so fortunate nor so unfortunate as people say we are.
When women love, they forgive everything, even our crimes; when they do not love, they cannot forgive anything, not even our virtues.
All human power is a compound of time and patience.
I prefer thought to action, an idea to a transaction, contemplation to activity.
Those who spend too fast never grow rich.