I have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of its charms.
The history of my life must begin by the earliest circumstance which my memory can evoke it will therefore commence when I had attained the age of eight years and four months.
It is only necessary to have courage for strength without self-confidence is useless.
Heart and head are the constituent parts of character temperament has almost nothing to do with it and therefore character is dependent upon education and is susceptible of being corrected and improved.
For my future I have no concern and as a true philosopher I never would have any for I know not what it may be: as a Christian on the other hand faith must believe without discussion and the stronger it is the more it keeps silent.
I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy.
I have met with some of them – very honest fellows who with all their stupidity had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense which cannot be the characteristics of fools.
I know that I have lived because I have felt and feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel.
Marriage is the tomb of love.
As to the deceit perpetrated upon women let it pass for when love is in the way men and women as a general rule dupe each other.