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.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
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.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
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?
To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
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 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?
It is having in some measure a sort of wit to know how to use the wit of others.
In all sorts of government man is made to believe himself free, and to be in chains.
He who fears death dies every time he thinks of it.
The strong desire for success is the best indication that you can achieve success.
We rise to fortune by successive steps; we descend by only one.
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