Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    



Treat a work of art like a prince. Let it speak to you first.
By theme : Art   Behavior  

Style is the physiognomy of the mind. It is more infallible than that of the body. To imitate the style of another is said to be wearing a mask. However beautiful it may be, it is through its lifelessness insipid and intolerable, so that even the most ugly living face is more engaging.
By theme : Psychology  

Honor has not to be won; it must only not be lost.
By theme : Thought   Wisdom  

Without books the development of civilization would have been impossible. They are the engines of change, windows on the world, "Lighthouses" as the poet said "erected in the sea of time." They are companions, teachers, magicians, bankers of the treasures of the mind. Books are humanity in print.
By theme : Wisdom  

Every nation ridicules other nations - and all are right.
By theme : Relations  

It is a clear gain to sacrifice pleasure in order to avoid pain.
By theme : Truth   Wisdom  

Compassion is the basis of morality.
By theme : Morality  

Will minus intellect constitutes vulgarity.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology  

The two enemies of human happiness are pain and boredom.
By theme : Happiness   Philosophy  

Wealth is like sea-water; the more we drink, the thirstier we become; and the same is true of fame.
By theme : Finance   Wealth  

Men are by nature merely indifferent to one another; but women are by nature enemies.
By theme : Behavior   Men   Psychology   Relations   Women  

Every man takes the limits of his own field of vision for the limits of the world.
By theme : Philosophy   Wisdom  

A man can do what he wants. But he can`t want what he wants.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology   Wisdom  

Change alone is eternal, perpetual, immortal.
By theme : Philosophy  

The doctor sees all the weakness of mankind; the lawyer all the wickedness, the theologian all the stupidity.
By theme : Cynicism   Wisdom  

All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self-evident.
By theme : Psychology   Reason   Truth  

If you want to know your true opinion of someone, watch the effect produced in you by the first sight of a letter from him.
By theme : Behavior   Person   Psychology  

The first forty years of life give us the text; the next thirty supply the commentary on it.
By theme : Life   Philosophy   Thought   Wisdom  

If we suspect that a man is lying, we should pretend to believe him; for then he becomes bold and assured, lies more vigorously, and is unmasked.
By theme : Behavior   Lie   Psychology   Relations  

We can not stop wishing our wishes.
By theme : Philosophy   Psychology   Wisdom  

 
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