Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
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- Rest not. Life is sweeping by; go and dare before you die. Something mighty and sublime, leave behind to conquer time.
- Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.
- No two men see the world exactly alike, and different temperaments will apply in different ways a principle that they both acknowledge. The same man will, indeed, often see and judge the same things differently on different occasions: early convictions must give way to more mature ones. Nevertheless, may not the opinions that a man holds and expresses withstand all trials, if he only remains true to himself and others?
- People may live as much retired from the world as they like, but sooner or later they find themselves debtor or creditor to some one.
- The world is so empty if one thinks only of mountains, rivers and cities; but to know someone who thinks and feels with us, and who, though distant is close to us in spirit, this makes the earth for us an inhabited garden.
- Napoleon for the sake of a good name broke in pieces half the world.