Society is like the air necessary to breathe but insufficient to live on.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Friends are generally of the same sex for when men and women agree it is only in the conclusions their reasons are always different.
Many possessions if they do not make a man better are at least expected to make his children happier and this pathetic hope is behind many exertions.
The degree in which a poet’s imagination dominates reality is in the end the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate they are green and vigorous in old age.
The lover knows much more about absolute good and universal beauty than any logician or theologian unless the latter too be lovers in disguise.
Do not have evil-doers for friends do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends have for friends the best of men.
A conception not reducible to the small change of daily experience is like a currency not exchangeable for articles of consumption it is not a symbol but a fraud.