In art as in love, instinct is enough.
Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue.
Irony is the gaiety of reflection and the joy of wisdom.
It is better to understand little than to misunderstand a lot.
It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion.
It is only the poor who pay cash, and that not from virtue, but because they are refused credit.
It is well for the heart to be naive and the mind not to be.
Lovers who love truly do not write down their happiness.
Nature has no principles. She makes no distinction between good and evil.
Never lend books, for no one ever returns them; the only books I have in my library are books that other folks have left me.
Nine tenths of education is encouragement.
No government ought to be without censors; and where the press is free, no one ever will. Chance is the pseudonym of God when he did not want to sign.
Of all the sexual aberrations, chastity is the strangest.
Of all the ways of defining man, the worst is the one which makes him out to be a rational animal.
One thing above all gives charm to men's thoughts, and this is unrest. A mind that is not uneasy irritates and bores me.
Only men who are not interested in women are interested in women's clothes. Men who like women never notice what they wear.
Religion has done love a great service by making it a sin.
Silence is the wit of fools.
Suffering! We owe to it all that is good in us, all that gives value to life; we owe to it pity, we owe to it courage, we owe to it all the virtues.
That man is prudent who neither hopes nor fears anything from the uncertain events of the future.
The average man does not know what to do with this life, yet wants another one which will last forever.
The books that everybody admires are those that nobody reads.
The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool.
The good critic is he who relates the adventures of his soul among masterpieces.
The greatest virtue of man is perhaps curiosity.