The Black Tulip

But there is this terrible thing in evil thoughts, that evil minds soon grow familiar with them.

did what people will do in politics, or on the sea when the wind is against them,—I tacked.

God orders a man to do all he can to save his life.

I'd rather have ten soldiers to guard than a single scholar.

It is quite rare for God to provide a great man at the necessary moment to carry out some great deep, which is why when this unusual combination of circumstance does occur, history at once records the name of the chosen one and recommends him to the admiration of posterity.

Misfortune does not help us to believe.



Sometimes one has suffered enough to have the right to never say: I am too happy.

There are some catastrophes that a poor writer's pen cannot describe and which he is obliged to leave to the imagination of his readers with a bald statement of the facts.

There is nothing more galling to angry people than the coolness of those on whom they wish to vent their spleen.

To despise flowers is to offend God.

You scholars, you're in communication with the devil.