Of all the animals which fly in the air, walk on the land, or swim in the sea, from Paris to Peru, from Japan to Rome, the most foolish animal in my opinion is man.
Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
[Fr., Ce que l'on concoit bien s'enonce clairement,
Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisement.]
In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, Unerring wisdom never dwelt below; Folly in all of every age we see, The only difference lies in the degree.
Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
[Fr., L'honneur est comme une ile escarpee et sans bords;
On n'y peut plus rentrer des qu'on en est dehors.]
Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
It is the sin which we have not committed which seems the most monstrous.
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
[Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage,
Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
[Fr., Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.]
At times truth may not seem probable.
Something of calumny always sticks.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
Whatever we well understand we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
A burlesque word is often a powerful sermon.
A fool can always find a greater fool who admires him.
Of every four words I write, I strike out three.
Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me.
Bring your work back to the workshop twenty times. Polish it continuously, and polish it again.
To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church.
A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
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