The sea is a space of rigor and freedom.
A creditor is worse than a slave-owner; for the master owns only your person, but a creditor owns your dignity, and can command it.
It is those books which a man possesses but does not read which constitute the most suspicious evidence against him.
Anger may be foolish and absurd, and one may be irritated when in the wrong; but a man never feels outraged unless in some respect he is at bottom right.
Forty is the old age of youth; fifty is the youth of old age.
For man’s greatest actions are performed in minor struggles. Life, misfortune, isolation, abandonment and poverty are battlefields which have their heroes – obscure heroes who are at times greater than illustrious heroes.
A man is not idle because he is absorbed in thought. There is a visible labor and there is an invisible labor.
People do not lack strength, they lack will.
History has its truth; and so has legend hers.
Strong and bitter words indicate a weak cause.