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.]
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.
At times truth may not seem probable.
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.]
A burlesque word is often a powerful sermon.
A fool can always find a greater fool who admires him.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
Time flies and draws us with it. The moment in which I am speaking is already far from me.
Of every four words I write, I strike out three.
All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.
Something of calumny always sticks.
Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
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.
Now two punctilious envoys, Thine and Mine Embroil the earth about a fancied line; And, dwelling much on right and much on wrong, Prove how the right is chiefly with the strong.
Of all the creatures that creep, swim, or fly, Peopling the earth, the waters, and the sky, From Rome to Iceland, Paris to Japan, I really think the greatest fool is man.
Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.
A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
Ignorance is always ready to admire itself. Procure yourself critical friends.
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