Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
I believe, indeed, that it is more laudable to suffer great misfortunes than to do great things.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Genius speaks only to genius.
A well-read fool is the most pestilent of blockheads; his learning is a flail which he knows not how to handle, and with which he breaks his neighbor's shins as well as his own. Keep a fellow of this description at arm's length, as you value the integrity of your bones.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
Gaiety is the soul's health; sadness is its poison.
I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
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!
Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.
Can princes born in palaces be sensible of the misery of those who dwell in cottages?
The strong desire for success is the best indication that you can achieve success.
Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
Conscience warns us as a friend before it punishes us as a judge.
To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.
To be vain of one's rank or place is to show that one is below it.
Where religion speaks, reason has only a right to hear.
Reason shows us our duty; he who can make us love our duty is more powerful than reason itself.
Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
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.
Is it not astonishing that the love of repose keeps us in continual agitation?
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