Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, in fearing future.
It is the dim haze of mystery that adds enchantment to pursuit.
The only thing wealth does for some people is to make them worry about losing it.
The most civilized people are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel is to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy.
Of every ten persons who talk about you, nine will say something bad, and the tenth will say something good in a bad way.
The absolute ruler may be a Nero, but he is sometimes a Titus or Marc Aurelius; the people is often Nero, but never Marc Aurelius.
Ideas are a capital that bears interest only in the hands of talent.
Memory always obeys the commands of the heart.
What isn’t clear, isn’t French.
To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
Brave men do not boast nor bluster. Deeds, not words, speak for such.
Mind is the partial side of men; the heart is everything.
It has been very truly said that the mob has many heads, but no brains.
The methods that help a man acquire a fortune are the very ones that keep him from enjoying it.
True felicity consists of its own consciousness.
Gold like the sun, which melts wax, but hardens clay, expands great souls.
The modest man has everything to gain, and the arrogant man everything to lose; for modesty has always to deal with generosity, and arrogance with envy.
There are some women who are flirts upon principle; they consider it their duty to make themselves as pleasing as possible to every one.
Rumor, once started, rushes on like a river, until it mingles with, and is lost in the sea.
It is easy for men to write and talk like philosophers, but to act with wisdom, there is the rub!
A fool may have his coat embroidered with gold, but it is a fool's coat still.
Oblivion is the rule and fame the exception, of humanity.
History is only time furnished with dates and rich with events.
Poverty treads close upon the heels of great and unexpected wealth.
Youth is not the era of wisdom; let us therefore have due consideration.
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