Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    



Can anything be stupider than that a man has the right to kill me because he lives on the other side of a river and his ruler has a quarrel with mine, though I have not quarreled with him.
By theme : Morality   War  

The eternal silence of these infinite spaces frightens me.
By theme : Thought  

The supreme function of reason is to show man that some things are beyond reason.
By theme : Philosophy   Reason  

Small minds are concerned with the extraordinary, great minds with the ordinary.
By theme : Philosophy   Thought  

We never love a person, but only qualities.
By theme : Love  

All of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling.
By theme : Feelings   Reason  

Curiosity is only vanity. Most frequently we wish not to know, but to talk. We would not take a sea voyage for the sole pleasure of seeing without hope of ever telling.
By theme : Behavior   Philosophy   Psychology   Thought  

It is not certain that everything is uncertain.
By theme : Knowledge   Thought   Wisdom  

There are some who speak well and write badly. For the place and the audience warm them, and draw from their minds more than they think of without that warmth.
By theme : Creativity   Psychology  

The sole cause of man`s unhappiness is that he does not know how to stay quietly in his room.
By theme : Unhappiness  

Fashion is a tyrant from which nothing frees us. We must suit ourselves to its fantastic tastes. But being compelled to live under its foolish laws, the wise man is never the first to follow, nor the last to keep it.
By theme : Fashion  

Law without force is impotent.
By theme : Society   State  

Love has reasons which reason cannot understand.
By theme : Love   Reason  

Two things control men`s nature, instinct and experience.
By theme : Men   Nature  

I have made this letter longer than usual, only because I have not had the time to make it shorter.
By theme : Art   Creativity  

The greatness of man is great in that he knows himself to be wretched. A tree does not know itself to be wretched.
By theme : Knowledge   Men   Thought   Wisdom  

If all men knew what others say of them, there would not be four friends in the world.
By theme : Friendship   Society  

When we are in love we seem to ourselves quite different from what we were before.
By theme : Love   Psychology  

The greater intellect one has, the more originality one finds in men. Ordinary persons find no difference between men.
By theme : Psychology   Thought   Wisdom  

Little things console us because little things afflict us.
By theme : Feelings   Psychology  

 
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