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.]
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.
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.
Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
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.]
Whatever we well understand we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
It is the sin which we have not committed which seems the most monstrous.
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.
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.]
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.
At times truth may not seem probable.
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
[Fr., Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.]
Something of calumny always sticks.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
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.
Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
Let a single complete action, in one place and one day, keep the theatre packed to the last.
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
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