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A man of genius can hardly be sociable, for what dialogues could indeed be so intelligent and entertaining as his own monologues?
Genius is an intellect that has become unfaithful to its destiny.
A man of talent will strive for money and reputation but the spring that moves genius to the production of its works is not as easy to name
Great minds are related to the brief span of time during which they live as great buildings are to a little square in which they stand: you cannot see them in all their magnitude because you are standing too close to them.
Money is human happiness in the abstract and so the man who is no longer capable of enjoying such happiness in the concrete, sets his whole heart on money.
Money is human happiness in the abstract: he, then, who is no longer capable of enjoying human happiness in the concrete devotes his heart entirely to money.
There is no absurdity so obvious that it cannot be firmly planted in the human head if you only begin to impose it before the age of five, by constantly repeating it with an air of great solemnity
A man's delight in looking forward to and hoping for some particular satisfaction is a part of the pleasure flowing out of it, enjoyed in advance. But this is afterward deducted, for the more we look forward to anything the less we enjoy it when it comes.
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