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Hope is nothing but a deceitful flatterer accepted by reason only because it is often in need of palliatives.
Desires are but pain and torment, and enjoyment is sweet because it delivers us from them.
The man who seeks to educate himself must first read and then travel in order to correct what he has learned.
I learned very early that our health is always impaired by some excess either of food or abstinence, and I never had any physician except myself.
The sweetest pleasures are those which are hardest to be won.
I know that I have lived because I have felt, and, feeling giving me the knowledge of my existence, I know likewise that I shall exist no more when I shall have ceased to feel.
The philosopher is a person who refuses no pleasures which do not produce greater sorrows, and who knows how to create new ones.
Be the flame, not the moth.
I always made my food congenial to my constitution, and my health was always excellent.
Love is a great poet its resources are inexhaustible but if the end it has in view is not obtained it feels weary and remains silent.
There is no such thing as destiny. We ourselves shape our lives.
We ourselve are the authors of almost all our woes and griefs, of which we so unreasonably complain.
If you have not done things worthy of being written about, at least write things worthy of being read.
I have met with some of them - very honest fellows, who, with all their stupidity, had a kind of intelligence and an upright good sense, which cannot be the characteristics of fools.
It is only necessary to have courage, for strength without self-confidence is useless.
The longer you remain in Rome, ' said [Cardinal] S.C., ‘the smaller you will find it.
The man who has sufficient power over himself to wait until his nature has recovered its even balance is the truly wise man, but such beings are seldom met with.
It is always easy to break one’s word to oneself.
lies, truth, loveI have always loved truth so passionately that I have often resorted to lying as a way of introducing it into the minds which were ignorant of it's charms.
In the mean time I worship God, laying every wrong action under an interdict which I endeavour to respect, and I loathe the wicked without doing them any injury.
I have often met with happiness after some imprudent step which ought to have brought ruin upon me, and although passing a vote of censure upon myself I would thank God for his mercy.
I have had friends who have acted kindly towards me, and it has been my good fortune to have it in my power to give them substantial proofs of my gratitude.
From that moment our love became sad, and sadness is a disease which gives the death-blow to affection.