He who has the courage to laugh is almost as much the master of the world as he who is ready to die.
The end of pain we take as happiness.
You can be happy indeed if you have breathing space from pain.
People are ridiculous only when they try or seem to be that which they are not.
It's not our disadvantages or shortcomings that are ridiculous, but rather the studious way we try to hide them, and our desire to act as if they did not exist.
Freedom is the dream you dream While putting thought in chains again --
Death is not an evil, because it frees us from all evils, and while it takes away good things, it takes away also the desire for them. Old age is the supreme evil, because it deprives us of all pleasures, leaving us only the appetite for them, and it brings with it all sufferings. Nevertheless, we fear death, and we desire old age.
L'uomo è infelice perchè è incontentabile.
The surest way of concealing from others the boundaries of one's own knowledge is not to overstep them.
Old age is the supreme evil, for it deprives man of all pleasures while allowing his appetites to remain, and it brings with it every possible sorrow. Yet men fear death and desire old age.
No one is so completely disenchanted with the world, or knows it so thoroughly, or is so utterly disgusted with it, that when it begins to smile upon him he does not become partially reconciled to it.
There are some centuries which - apart from everything else - in the art and other disciplines presume to remake everything because they know how to make nothing.