A library implies an act of faith.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
A mother's arms are made of tenderness and children sleep soundly in them.
A war between Europeans is a civil war.
Adversity makes men, and prosperity makes monsters.
All the forces in the world are not so powerful as an idea whose time has come.
Almost all our desires, when examined, contain something too shameful to reveal.
Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
Freedom in art, freedom in society, this is the double goal towards which all consistent and logical minds must strive.
Genius is a promontory jutting out into the infinite.
Genius: the superhuman in man.
Great perils have this beauty, that they bring to light the fraternity of strangers.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
Habit is the nursery of errors.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones; and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace.
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
He who opens a school door, closes a prison.
He, who every morning plans the transactions of the day, and follows that plan, carries a thread that will guide him through a labyrinth of the most busy life.
Hell is an outrage on humanity. When you tell me that your deity made you in his image, I reply that he must have been very ugly.
Hope is the word which God has written on the brow of every man.
How did it happen that their lips came together? How does it happen that birds sing, that snow melts, that the rose unfolds, that the dawn whitens behind the stark shapes of trees on the quivering summit of the hill? A kiss, and all was said.
I am a soul. I know well that what I shall render up to the grave is not myself. That which is myself will go elsewhere. Earth, thou art not my abyss!
I am an intelligent river which has reflected successively all the banks before which it has flowed by meditating only on the images offered by those changing shores.
I don't mind what Congress does, as long as they don't do it in the streets and frighten the horses.
I love all men who think, even those who think otherwise than myself.