"A book that reveals the mind is worth more than one that only reveals its subject."

"A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve."

"A stupid lie is one that can never make itself believed."


"A thought is a thing as real as a cannonball."

"All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so."

"Are you listening to the ones who keep quiet?"

"Ask the young. They know everything."

"Because they know all the words, they think they know all the truths."

"Children need models rather than critics."

"Close your eyes and you will see."

"Don't cut what you can untie."

"Everything that is exact is short."

"Eyes raised towards Heaven are always beautiful, whatever they be."

"Fear feeds the imagination."

"Few minds are spacious; few even have an empty place in them or can offer some vacant point. Almost all have narrow capacities and are filled by some knowledge that blocks them up."

"Genius begins beautiful works, but only labor finishes them."

"God made life to be lived and not to be known."

"He who has imagination without learning has wings but no feet."

"Imagination is the eye of the soul."

"It is better to debate a question without settling it than to settle a question without debating it."

"It is easy to understand God as long as you don't try to explain him."

"It is impossible for me to say something foolish without being aware of it."

"It is impossible to love the same person twice."

"It is not my words that I polish, but my ideas."

"Logic works, metaphysics contemplates."

"Misery is almost always the result of thinking."

"Pleasures are always children, pains always have wrinkles."

"Speak more softly to be better heard by a deaf public."

"The aim of argument, or of discussion, should not be victory, but progress."

"The breath of the mind is attention."

"The imagination is the eye of the soul."

"The important business of man is life, and the important business of life is death."

"Those who never back down love themselves more than they love the truth."

"To teach is to learn twice."

"To think what we do not feel is to lie to ourselves, in the same way that we lie to others when we say to others what we do not think.

"What you call weakness comes from the strength of friendship."

"When I had the strength, I did not have the patience. I have the patience today and I no longer have the power."

"When we find what we have been looking for, we don't have time to say it. We must die."

"When you go in search of honey you must expect to be stung by bees."

"Wisdom is the strength of the weak."

"Words, like glass, obscure when they do not aid vision."

"You want to talk to someone: first open your ears."

"You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you."

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