Honor is like an island, rugged and without a beach; once we have left it, we can never return.
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.
Something of calumny always sticks.
The wisest man is he who does not fancy that he is so at all.
The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so.
Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
A warmed-up dinner was never worth much.
To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church.
A fop sometimes gives important advice.
What is conceived well is expressed clearly.
Praising an honest person who doesn't deserve it, always wounds them.
The dreadful burden of having nothing to do.
Who lives content with little possesses everything.
A fool always finds a greater fool to admire him.
At times truth may not seem probable.
[Fr., Le vrai peut quelquefois n'etre pas vraisemblable.]
Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.
Everything that poverty touches becomes frightful.
Gold lends a touch of beauty even to the ugly.
Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
Sometimes a fool makes a good suggestion.
Though you be sprung in direct line from Hercules, if you show a lowborn meanness, that long succession of ancestors whom you disgrace are so many witnesses against you; and this grand display of their tarnished glory but serves to make your ignominy more evident.
With poverty everything becomes frightful.
Happy the poet who with ease can steer
From grave to gay, from lively to severe.
[Lat., Heureux qui, dans ses vers, sait d'une voix legere
Passer du grave au doux, du plaisant au severe.]
No one who cannot limit himself has ever been able to write.
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