To live is to be among men, and to be among men is to struggle, a struggle not only with them but with oneself; with their passions, but also with one’s own.
The glory of saving a country is not for him who has contributed to its ruin.
To the questioning glance of love, as it flashes out and then conceals itself, speech has no reply; the smile, the kiss, the sigh answer.
Genius has no country. It blossoms everywhere. Genius is like the light, the air. It is the heritage of all.
I have to believe much in God because I have lost my faith in man.
To be happy does not mean to indulge in foolishness!
The people do not complain because they have no voice; do not move because they are lethargic, and you say that they do not suffer because you have not seen their hearts bleed.
Your enemies hate you more than they hate your ideas. Should you want a project to be undone propose it. Even if it were as useful as a bishop’s mire it would be rejected. Once you are defeated let the humblest-looking among you sponsor it and your enemies to humble you will approve it.
No good water comes from a muddy spring. No sweet fruit comes from a bitter seed.
Dying people don’t need medicine, the ones who remain do.
The tyranny of some is possible only through the cowardice of others.
I want to show to those who deprive people the right to love of country, that when we know how to sacrifice ourselves for our duties and convictions, death does not matter if one dies for those one loves – for his country and for others dear to him.