Man is to be found in reason, God in the passions.
Never undertake anything for which you wouldn't have the courage to ask the blessings of heaven.
He who is in love with himself has at least this advantage - he won't encounter many rivals.
When an acquaintance goes by I often step back from my window, not so much to spare him the effort of acknowledging me as to spare myself the embarrassment of seeing that he has not done so.
The Greeks possessed a knowledge of human nature we seem hardly able to attain to without passing through the strengthening hibernation of a new barbarism.
With a pen in my hand I have successfully stormed bulwarks from which others armed with sword and excommunication have been repulsed.
Nowadays three witty turns of phrase and a lie make a writer.
The most perfect ape cannot draw an ape; only man can do that; but, likewise, only man regards the ability to do this as a sign of superiority.