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.
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.]
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
[Fr., Un sot trouve toujours un plus sot qui l'admire.]
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.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
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.
It is the sin which we have not committed which seems the most monstrous.
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.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful.
Bring your work back to the workshop twenty times. Polish it continuously, and polish it again.
All men are fools, and with every effort they differ only in the degree.
At times truth may not seem probable.
A fool can always find a greater fool who admires him.
A burlesque word is often a powerful sermon.
Nothing is really beautiful but truth, and truth alone is lovely.
He who cannot limit himself will never know how to write.
Some excel in rhyme who reason foolishly.
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.
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.
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.
Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.
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