This actual world of what is knowable, in which we are and which is in us, remains both the material and the limit of our consideration.
With people of only moderate ability modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent it is hypocrisy.
Will without intellect is the most vulgar and common thing in the world, possessed by every blockhead, who, in the gratification of his passions, shows the stuff of which he is made.
What is most opposed to the discovery of truth is not the false appearance that proceeds from things and leads to error, or even directly a weakness of the intellect. On the contrary, it is the preconceived opinion, the prejudice, which, as a spurious a priori, is opposed to truth.
Truth is most beautiful undraped; and the impression it makes is deep in proportion as its expression has been simple.
True brevity of expression consists in a man only saying what is worth saying, while avoiding all diffuse explanations of things which every one can think out for himself.