Men whose only concern is other people's opinion of them are like actors who put on a poor performance to win the applause of people of poor taste; some of them would be capable of good acting in front of a good audience. A decent man plays his part to the best of his ability, regardless of the taste of the gallery.
It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune, but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
When you want to be well-liked in the world, you have to let a lot of people teach you things that you know and they don't.
When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor still less did she say: Be rich her cry to me was always: Be independent.