I don’t think about financial success as the measurement of my success.
I finally know what distinguishes man from the other beasts: financial worries.
I made my money by selling too soon.
For the merchant, even honesty is a financial speculation.
Gold and silver, like other commodities, have an intrinsic value, which is not arbitrary, but is dependent on their scarcity, the quantity of labour bestowed in procuring them, and the value of the capital employed in the mines which produce them.
Beauty has a lot to do with character.
Beauty in things exists in the mind which contemplates them.
Even in the centuries which appear to us to be the most monstrous and foolish, the immortal appetite for beauty has always found satisfaction.
Every year of my life I grow more convinced that it is wisest and best to fix our attention on the beautiful and the good, and dwell as little as possible on the evil and the false.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Beauty is the promise of happiness.
Beauty is the sole ambition, the exclusive goal of Taste.
Beauty is unbearable, drives us to despair, offering us for a minute the glimpse of an eternity that we should like to stretch out over the whole of time.
Think of all the beauty still left around you and be happy.
Though beauty gives you a weird sense of entitlement, it’s rather frightening and threatening to have others ascribe such importance to something you know you’re just renting for a while.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Any healthy man can go without food for two days - but not without poetry.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Men become much more attractive when they start looking older. But it doesn't do much for women, though we do have an advantage: make-up.
Men can only be happy when they do not assume that the object of life is happiness.
Men do not fail; they give up trying.
Those men get along best with women who can get along best without them.