I am called a dog because I fawn on those who give me anything, I yelp at those who refuse, and I set my teeth in rascals.
People who talk well but do nothing are like musical intruments; the sound is all they have to offer.
It is not that I am mad, it is only that my head is different from yours.
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
No man is hurt but by himself.
Wise kings generally have wise counselors; and he must be a wise man himself who is capable of distinguishing one.
Other dogs bite only their enemies, whereas I bite also my friends in order to save them.
If only it was as easy to banish hunger by rubbing the belly as it is to masturbate.
A friend is one soul abiding in two bodies.
We come into the world alone and we die alone. Why, in life, should we be any less alone?
When I look upon seamen, men of science and philosophers, man is the wisest of all beings; when I look upon priests and prophets nothing is as contemptible as man.
Stand a little less between me and the sun.
Most men are within a finger’s breadth of being mad.
No man is hurt but by himself. …Literally by how he interprets what happens to him. If he focusses on how it could have been better, he will be hurt. If he focusses on how it could have been worse, he will be happy. The same is true for women too.
There is only a finger’s difference between a wise man and a fool.
The sun too penetrates into privies, but is not polluted by them.
The great thieves lead away the little thief.