Wit is the epitaph of an emotion.
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- We find nothing easier than being wise, patient, superior. We drip with the oil of forbearance and sympathy, we are absurdly just, we forgive everything. For that very reason we ought to discipline ourselves a little; for that very reason we ought to cultivate a little emotion, a little emotional vice, from time to time. It may be hard for us; and among ourselves we may perhaps laugh at the appearance we thus present. But what of that! We no longer have any other mode of self-overcoming available to us: this is our asceticism, our penance.
- The growth of wisdom may be gauged exactly by the diminution of ill temper.
- What is the vanity of the vainest man compared with the vanity which the most modest possesses when, in the midst of nature and the world, he feels himself to be man!
- There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophy.
- If a woman possesses manly virtues one should run away from her; and if she does not possess them she runs away from herself.
- We do not place especial value on the possession of a virtue until we notice its total absence in our opponent.