It is easy in the world to live after the world's opinion; it is easy in solitude to live after our own; but the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude.

The man who renounces himself, comes to himself.

The imitator dooms himself to hopeless mediocrity.

Literature is the effort of man to indemnify himself for the wrongs of his condition.

What is a weed? A plant whose virtues have yet to be discovered.

We are always getting ready to live, but never living.

To different minds, the same world is a hell, and a heaven.

Sometimes a scream is better than a thesis.

It is easy to live for others; everybody does. I call on you to live for yourselves.

Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock.

Wherever Macdonald sits, there is the head of the table.

The soul is subject to dollars.

Every revolution was first a thought in one man's mind and when the same thought occurs in another man, it is the key to that era.

Nothing can bring you peace but yourself.

Every hero becomes a bore at last.

Great geniuses have the shortest biographies.

Great men, great nations, have not been boasters and buffoons, but perceivers of the terror of life, and have manned themselves to face it.

If a man own land, the land owns him.

The real and lasting victories are those of peace, and not of war.