To rove about, musing, that is to say loitering, is, for a philosopher, a good way of spending time.
Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and cannot remain silent
The earlier works of a man of genius are always preferred to the newer ones, in order to prove that he is going down instead of up.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
France is great because she is France.
There is no supernatural, there is only nature. Nature alone exists and contains all. All is. There is the part of nature that we perceive, and the part of nature that we do not perceive. ... If you abandon these facts, beware; charlatans will light upon them, also the imbecile. There is no mean: sc
How frightened hypocrisy hastens to defend itself.
To put everything in balance is good, to put everything in harmony is better.
Now, one cannot read nonsense with impunity.
O youth! thou often tearest thy wings against the thorns of voluptuousness.
Can human nature ever be wholly and radically transformed? Can the man whom God made good be made wicked by man? Can the soul be reshaped in its entirety by destiny and made evil because destiny is evil? Can the heart become misshapen and afflicted with ugly, incurable deformities under disproportio
There are no trifles in the human story, no trifling leaves on the tree.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter. Victor Hug
The ox suffers, the cart complains.
Sacrificing the earth for paradise is giving up the substance for the shadow.
If she gives me all her time it is because I have all her heart.
Every diminution of the liberty of the press is followed by a diminution of civilization. Wherever we see the freedom of the press interfered with, there we see the nutrition of the human family interrupted.
Nothing is more dangerous than to stop working. It is a habit that can soon be lost, one that is easily neglected and hard to resume. A measure of day-dreaming is a good thing, like a drug prudently used ... But too much submerges and drowns. Woe to the intellectual worker who allows himself to laps
Perseverance, secret of all triumphs. Victor
The wicked envy and hate; it is their way of admiring.
When God desires to destroy a thing, he entrusts its destruction to the thing itself. Every bad institution of this world ends by suicide.
To love another person is to see the face of God.
Work is the law of life, and to reject it as boredom is to submit to it as torment.
Revolutions are not born of chance but of necessity.
It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.
To love beauty is to see light.
Intelligence is the wife, imagination is the mistress, memory is the servant.
Nothing awakens reminiscence like an aroma.
In every cradle decked with rosy wreath Lurk germs of death.
The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but he who causes the darkness.