The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring.
Where everything is bad it must be good to know the worst.
Our live experiences, fixed in aphorisms, stiffen into cold epigrams. Our heart's blood, as we write it, turns to mere dull ink.
Category: Aphorisms And Epigrams
We say that a girl with her doll anticipates the mother. It is more true, perhaps, that most mothers are still but children with playthings.
Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what we believe upon instinct; but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
There are those who so dislike the nude that they find something indecent in the naked truth.
The world is the best of all possible worlds, and everything in it is a necessary evil.
True penitence condemns to silence. What a man is ready to recall he would be willing to repeat.
There are persons who, when they cease to shock us, cease to interest us.
The one self-knowledge worth having is to know one's own mind.
It is by a wise economy of nature that those who suffer without change, and whom no one can help, become uninteresting. Yet so it may happen that those who need sympathy the most often attract it the least.
One said of suicide, ''As long as one has brains one should not blow them out.'' And another answered, ''But when one has ceased to have them, too often one cannot.''
The force of the blow depends on the resistance. It is sometimes better not to struggle against temptation. Either fly or yield at once.
Eclecticism. Every truth is so true that any truth must be false.
The deadliest foe to virtue would be complete self-knowledge.