To live a life which is a perpetual falsehood is to suffer unknown tortures.
The guillotine is the ultimate expression of Law, and its name is vengeance; it is not neutral, nor does it allow us to remain neutral.
For prying into any human affairs, non are equal to those whom it does not concern.
No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.
Every bird which flies has the thread of the infinite in its claw. Germination includes the hatching of a meteor and the tap of a swallow's bill breaking the egg, and it leads forward the birth of an earth-worm and the advent of Socrates.
All animals are to be found in men and each of theme exists in some man, sometimes several at the time.
Civilization survives on the constant discovery of amity and an equal supply of damnation.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
Scepticism, that dry caries of the intelligence.
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
I like the laughter that opens the lips and the heart, shows at the same time the pearls and the soul.
The beautiful is as useful as the useful." He added after a momentâ€™s silence, "Perhaps more so.
I was always a lover of soft-winged things.
What Shakespeare was able to do in English he would certainly not have done in French.
You who suffer because you love, love still more. To die of love, is to live by it.
Idleness, pleasure, what abysses! To do nothing is a dreary course to take, be sure of it. To live idle upon the substance of society! To be useless, that is to say, noxious! This leads straight to the lowest depth of misery.
There have been in this century only one great man and one great thing: Napoleon and liberty. For want of the great man, let us have the great thing.
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We may remark in passing that to be blind and beloved may, in this world where nothing is perfect, be among the most strangely exquisite forms of happiness. The supreme happiness in life is the assurance of being loved; of being loved for oneself, even in spite of oneself; and this assurance the bli
Love is the salutation of the angel to the stars
Yes, instruction! Light! Light! Everything comes from light, and to everything it returns.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
The beautiful has but one type, the ugly has a thousand.
Smallness in a great man seems smaller by its disproportion with all the rest.
The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.
Superstitions, bigotries, hypocrisies, prejudices, these phantoms, phantoms though they be, cling to life; they have teeth and nails in their shadowy substance, and we must grapple with them individually and make war on them without truce; for it is one of humanity's inevitabilities to be condemned
Not seeing people permits us to imagine them with every perfection.
A language does not become fixed. The human intellect is always on the march, or, if you prefer, in movement, and languages with it.
A society that admits misery, a humanity that admits war, seem to me an inferior society and a debased humanity; it is a higher society and a more elevated humanity at which I am aiming - a society without kings, a humanity without barriers.
Nature is pitiless; she never withdraws her flowers, her music, her fragrance, and her sunlight from before human cruelty or suffering.