Admiration and familiarity are strangers.
Charity degrades those who receive it and hardens those who dispense it.
Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved.
Every historian discloses a new horizon.
Faith is an excitement and an enthusiasm: it is a condition of intellectual magnificence to which we must cling as to a treasure, and not squander on our way through life in the small coin of empty words, or in exact and priggish argument.
Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
I have no enthusiasm for nature which the slightest chill will not instantly destroy.
I see upon their noble brows the seal of the Lord, for they were born kings of the earth far more truly than those who possess it only from having bought it.
Life in common among people who love each other is the ideal of happiness.
Life resembles a novel more often than novels resemble life.
No one makes a revolution by himself; and there are some revolutions which humanity accomplishes without quite knowing how, because it is everybody who takes them in hand.
Once my heart was captured, reason was shown the door, deliberately and with a sort of frantic joy. I accepted everything, I believed everything, without struggle, without suffering, without regret, without false shame. How can one blush for what one adores?
One approaches the journey's end. But the end is a goal, not a catastrophe.
Simplicity is the most difficult thing to secure in this world; it is the last limit of experience and the last effort of genius.
The artist vocation is to send light into the human heart.
The beauty that addresses itself to the eyes is only the spell of the moment; the eye of the body is not always that of the soul.
The prayers of a lover are more imperious than the menaces of the whole world.
The trade of authorship is a violent, and indestructible obsession.
There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved.
Try to keep your soul young and quivering right up to old age.
Vanity is the quicksand of reason.
We cannot tear out a single page of our life, but we can throw the whole book in the fire.
Women love always: when earth slips from them, they take refuge in heaven.
Work is not man's punishment. It is his reward and his strength and his pleasure.