Marriage marks the end of many short follies – being one long stupidity.
Whatever we have words for, that we have already got beyond.
What do I care about the purring of one who cannot love, like the cat?
Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
The most general deficiency in our sort of culture and education is gradually dawning on me: no one learns, no one strives towards, no one teaches–enduring loneliness.
The dyed-in-the-wool teacher takes everything seriously only with respect to his students–himself included.
If a woman seeks education it is probably because her sexual apparatus is malfunctioning.
A friend whose hopes we cannot satisfy is a friend we would rather have as an enemy.
Sometimes in our relationship to another human being the proper balance of friendship is restored when we put a few grains of impropriety onto our own side of the scale.
It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
The best friend will probably acquire the best wife, because a good marriage is founded on the talent for friendship.
Hold a true friend with both your hands.
The lack of closeness among friends is a fault that cannot be reprimanded without becoming incurable.
We should not talk about our friends: otherwise we will talk away the feeling of friendship.
A person must have a good memory to keep the promises he has made. A person must have a strong imagination to be able to have pity. So closely is morality tied to the quality of the intellect.
Compulsion precedes morality, indeed morality itself is compulsion for a time, to which one submits for the avoidance of pain.
All preachers of morality, as also all theologians have a bad habit in common: all of them try to persuade man that he is very ill, and that a severe, final, radical cure is necessary.
The trodden worm curls up. This testifies to its caution. It thus reduces its chances of being trodden upon again. In the language of morality: Humility.
Morality is the best of all devices for leading mankind by the nose.