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.
Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.
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.]
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.]
At times truth may not seem probable.
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.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
Bring your work back to the workshop twenty times. Polish it continuously, and polish it again.
A proud bigot, who is vain enough to think that he can deceive even God by affected zeal, and throwing the veil of holiness over vices, damns all mankind by the word of his power.
A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
Truth has not such an urgent air.
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.
Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious.
The greatest fools are oft the most satisfied.
Virtue alone is the unerring sign of a noble soul.
Let a single complete action, in one place and one day, keep the theatre packed to the last.
Nothing is really beautiful but truth, and truth alone is lovely.
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