A man can be himself only so long as he is alone, and if he does not love solitude, he will not love freedom, for it is only when he is alone that he is really free.
The more unintelligent a man is, the less mysterious existence seems to him.
To find out your real opinion of someone, judge the impression you have when you first see a letter from them.
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.
Each day is a little life: every waking and rising a little birth, every fresh morning a little youth, every going to rest and sleep a little death.
Suffering by nature or chance never seems so painful as suffering inflicted on us by the arbitrary will of another.
All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed. Second, it is violently opposed. Third, it is accepted as being self evident.
They tell us that suicide is the greatest piece of cowardice... that suicide is wrong; when it is quite obvious that there is nothing in the world to which every man has a more unassailable title than to his own life and person.
Every person takes the limits of their own field of vision for the limits of the world.
Sleep is the interest we have to pay on the capital which is called in at death; and the higher the rate of interest and the more regularly it is paid, the further the date of redemption is postponed.
Boredom is just the reverse side of fascination: both depend on being outside rather than inside a situation, and one leads to the other.
I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage.