Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
Can princes born in palaces be sensible of the misery of those who dwell in cottages?
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Science when well-digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least.
How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
It is having in some measure a sort of wit to know how to use the wit of others.
We rise to fortune by successive steps; we descend by only one.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
The earliest desire of succeeding is almost always a prognostic of success.
It is hardly possible to suspect another without having in one's self the seeds of baseness the party is accused of.
The strong desire for success is the best indication that you can achieve success.
The instability of our tastes is the occasion of the irregularity of our lives.
When the truth offends no one it should come from our lips as naturally as the air we breathe.
He who fears death dies every time he thinks of it.
In all sorts of government man is made to believe himself free, and to be in chains.
Is it not astonishing that the love of repose keeps us in continual agitation?
There are few persons of greater worth than their reputation; but how many are there whose worth is far short of their reputation!
The Word of God proves the truth of religion; the corruption of man, its necessity; government, its advantages.
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