If everyone fought for their own convictions there would be
A battle is won by him who is firmly resolved to win it.
We can know only that we know nothing. And that is the
highest degree of human wisdom.
It's not given to people to judge what's right or wrong.
People have eternally been mistaken and will be mistaken,
and in nothing more than in what they consider right and
In the best, the friendliest and simplest relations flattery
or praise is necessary, just as grease is necessary to keep
A Frenchman's self-assurance stems from his belief that he
is mentally and physically irresistibly fascinating to both
men and women. An Englishman's self-assurance is founded on
his being a citizen of the best organized state in the world
and on the fact that, as an Englishman, he always knows what
to do, and that whatever he does as an Englishman is
unquestionably correct. An Italian is self-assured because
he is excitable and easily forgets. A Russian is
self-assured simply because he knows nothing and does not
want to know anything, since he does not believe in the
possibility of knowing anything fully.