The greatest products of architecture are less the works of individuals than of society; rather the offspring of a nation's effort, than the inspired flash of a man of genius...
Love is the foolishness of men, and the wisdom of God.
Idleness is the heaviest of all oppressions.
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
It is most pleasant to commit a just action which is disagreeable to someone whom one does not like.
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.
Habit is the nursery of errors.
When a woman is talking to you, listen to what she says with her eyes.
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
The reduction of the universe to a single being, the expansion of a single being even to God, this is love.
Have courage for the great sorrows of life and patience for the small ones and when you have laboriously accomplished your daily task, go to sleep in peace. God is awake.
Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.
Thought is the labour of the intellect, reverie is its pleasure.
Amnesty is as good for those who give it as for those who receive it. It has the admirable quality of bestowing mercy on both sides.
Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.
It is by suffering that human beings become angels.
He who is not capable of enduring poverty is not capable of being free.
Where the telescope ends the microscope begins, and who can say which has the wider vision?
Men become accustomed to poison by degrees.
There is no such thing as a little country. The greatness of a people is no more determined by their numbers than the greatness of a man is by his height.