Perhaps man will rise ever higher as soon as he ceases to flow out into a god.
There is a lake that one day refused to flow away and threw up a dam at the place where it had before flowed out and since then this lake has always risen higher and higher. Perhaps the very act of renunciation provides us with the strength to bear it ; perhaps man will rise ever higher and higher w
If we meet someone who owes us a debt of gratitude, we remember the fact at once. How often we can meet someone to whom we owe a debt of gratitude without thinking about it at all!
To think is easy. To act is hard. But the hardest thing in the world is to act in accordance with your thinking.
Words express neither objects nor ourselves.
Well-mannered children could be conceived if the parents were well-mannered.
How to please the public - that's the test, But nowadays I find I'm in a fix; I know they're not accustomed to the best, But they've all read so much they know the tricks. How can we give then something fresh and new That's serious, but entertaining too?
Moral epochs have their course as well as the seasons. We can no more hold them fast than we can hold sun, moon, and stars. Our faults perpetually return upon us; and herein lies the subtlest difficulty of self-knowledge.
We can redeem anyone who strives unceasingly.
If a man or woman is born ten years sooner or later, their whole aspect and performance shall be different.
Every second is of infinite value.
We can stand only a certain amount of unhappiness; anything beyond that annihilates us or passes us by, leaving us apathethetic.
Assuredly there is no more lovely worship of God than that for which no image is required, but which springs up in our breast spontaneously when nature speaks to the soul, and the soul speaks to nature face to face.
Doubt can only be removed by action.
My inheritance how lordly wide and fair;Time is my fair seed-field, to Time I'm heir.
A good man, through obscurest aspirations Has still an instinct of the one true way.
One glance, one word from you gives more pleasure than all the wisdom of this world.
I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I say is true.
The suffering may be moral or physical; and in my opinion it is just as absurd to call a man a coward who destroys himself, as to call a man a coward who dies of a malignant fever.
The world remains ever the same.
Power is neither male nor female.
Oh, happy he who still hopes he can emerge from Error's boundless sea! - Faust.