Nothing is more terrible than to see ignorance in action.
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- All truly wise thoughts have been thoughts already thousands of times; but to make them truly ours, we must think them over again honestly, till they take root in our personal experience.
- Those that are firm in their will mold the world to themselves.
- Taste is only to be educated by contemplation, not of the tolerably good but of the truly excellent. I therefore show you only the best works; and when you are grounded in these, you will have a standard for the rest, which you will know how to value, without overrating them.
- Some of our weakness is born in us, some of it comes through education; it is a big question as to which gives us the most trouble.
- The senses do not deceive us, but the judgment does.
- Self-love exaggerates our faults as well as our virtues.