After your death you will be what you were before your birth.
Music is the melody whose text is the world.
The greatest of follies is to sacrifice health for any other kind of happiness.
Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
Almost all of our sorrows spring out of our relations with other people.
Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
A man can be himself only so long as he is alone.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
As the biggest library if it is in disorder is not as useful as a small but well-arranged one, so you may accumulate a vast amount of knowledge but it will be of far less value than a much smaller amount if you have not thought it over for yourself.
Because people have no thoughts to deal in, they deal cards, and try and win one another’s money. Idiots!
Buying books would be a good thing if one could also buy the time to read them in: but as a rule the purchase of books is mistaken for the appropriation of their contents.
Every parting gives a foretaste of death, every reunion a hint of the resurrection.
Every possession and every happiness is but lent by chance for an uncertain time, and may therefore be demanded back the next hour.
Great men are like eagles, and build their nest on some lofty solitude.
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
Hatred is an affair of the heart; contempt that of the head.
In action a great heart is the chief qualification. In work, a great head.
It is only a man’s own fundamental thoughts that have truth and life in them. For it is these that he really and completely understands. To read the thoughts of others is like taking the remains of someone else’s meal, like putting on the discarded clothes of a stranger.
It is with trifles, and when he is off guard, that a man best reveals his character.
Martyrdom is the only way a man can become famous without ability.