Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
How many persons fancy they have experience simply because they have grown old!
Those who ought to be secure from calumny are generally those who avoid it least.
I know no real worth but that tranquil firmness which seeks dangers by duty, and braves them without rashness.
Gaiety is the soul's health; sadness is its poison.
Esteem has more engaging charms than friendship, or even love. It captivates hearts better, and never makes ings.
None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.
There are few defects in our nature so glaring as not to be veiled from observation by politeness and good-breeding.
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.
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.
We are usually mistaken in esteeming men too much; rarely in esteeming them too little.
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.
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.
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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