To withdraw is not to run away, and to stay is no wise action, when there is more reason to fear than to hope; it is the part of a wise man to keep himself today for tomorrow, and not venture all his eggs in one basket. And for all I am but a clown, or a bumpkin, as you may say, yet I would have you to know I know what’s what, and have always taken care of the main chance.
There was only one lesson a girl had to remember: A man was soft when he was hard and hard when he was soft.
There is something wrong about the man who wants help. There is somewhere a defect, a want, in brief, a need, a crying need, somewhere about that man.
The true man wants two things: danger and play. For that reason he wants woman, as the most dangerous plaything.[Zweierlei will der ächte Mann: Gefahr und Spiel. Desshalb will er das Weib, als das gefährlichste Spielzeug.]
The reason the beasts give among themselves is that Man is the weakest and most defenseless of all living things, and it is unsportsmanlike to touch him.
The more I love humanity in general, the less I love man in particular.[Чем больше я люблю человечество вообще, тем меньше я люблю людей в частности.]
The more I know of the world, the more am I convinced that I shall never see a man whom I can really love. I require so much!
The man who promises everything is sure to fulfil nothing, and everyone who promises too much is in danger of using evil means in order to carry out his promises, and is already on the road to perdition.