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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
To be interested in the changing seasons is a happier state of mind than to be hopelessly in love with spring.
Do not have evil-doers for friends, do not have low people for friends: have virtuous people for friends, have for friends the best of men.
There is no cure for birth and death save to enjoy the interval.
The passions grafted on wounded pride are the most inveterate; they are green and vigorous in old age.
Each religion, by the help of more or less myth, which it takes more or less seriously, proposes some method of fortifying the human soul and enabling it to make its peace with its destiny.
Intelligence is quickness in seeing things as they are.
Experience seems to most of us to lead to conclusions, but empiricism has sworn never to draw them.
Man is a gregarious animal, and much more so in his mind than in his body. He may like to go alone for a walk, but he hates to stand alone in his opinions.
The Difficult is that which can be done immediately; the Impossible that which takes a little longer.
It is easier to make a saint out of a libertine than out of a prig.
Self-assurance is contemptible and fatal unless it is self-knowledge.
People never believe in volcanoes until the lava actually overtakes them.
My atheism, like that of Spinoza, is true piety towards the universe and denies only gods fashioned by men in their own image, to be servants of their human interests.
The wisest mind has something yet to learn.
A child educated only at school is an uneducated child.
Wealth, religion, military victory have more rhetorical than efficacious worth.
Character is the basis of happiness and happiness the sanction of character.
The philosophy of the common man is an old wife that gives him no pleasure, yet he cannot live without her, and resents any aspersions that strangers may cast on her character.
To be happy you must have taken the measure of your powers, tasted the fruits of your passion, and learned your place in the world.
An artist is a dreamer consenting to dream of the actual world.
Wisdom lies in taking everything with good humor and a grain of salt.
To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.
For an idea ever to be fashionable is ominous, since it must afterwards be always old fashioned
To call war the soil of courage and virtue is like calling debauchery the soil of love.
Depression is rage spread thin.
Perhaps the universe is nothing but an equilibrium of idiocies.
A man's feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world.
We must welcome the future, remembering that soon it will be the past; and we must respect the past, remembering that it was once all that was humanly possible.
Skepticism is a discipline fit to purify the mind of prejudice and render it all the more apt, when the time comes, to believe and to act wisely.
I like to walk about amidst the beautiful things that adorn the world.
A country without a memory is a country of madmen.
Our character ... is an omen of our destiny, and the more integrity we have and keep, the simpler and nobler that destiny is likely to be.
Man is not made to understand life, but to live it.
I believe in general in a dualism between facts and the ideas of those facts in human heads.
In a moving world readaptation is the price of longevity.
Knowledge of what is possible is the beginning of happiness.
Men become superstitious, not because they have too much imagination, but because they are not aware that they have any.
If artists and poets are unhappy, it is after all because happiness does not interest them.
A man is morally free when, in full possession of his living humanity, he judges the world, and judges other men, with uncompromising sincerity.
Whoever it was who searched the heavens with a telescope and found no God would not have found the human mind if he had searched the brain with a microscope.
Graphic design is the paradise of individuality, eccentricity, heresy, abnormality, hobbies and humors.
In Greece wise men speak and fools decide.
Progress, far from consisting in change, depends on retentiveness. Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.
Beauty is a pledge of the possible conformity between the soul and nature, and consequently a ground of faith in the supremacy of the good.
Skepticism is the chastity of the intellect...
It is a great bond to dislike the same things.
Only the dead have seen the end of the war.
Fanaticism consists of redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim.
Religion is the natural reaction of the imagination when confronted by the difficulties in a truculent world.