Have the courage to face a difficulty lest it kick you harder than you bargain for.
Some like to understand what they believe in. Others like to believe in what they understand.
Misers are very kind people: they amass wealth for those who wish their death.
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.
Genius speaks only to genius.
Science when well-digested is nothing but good sense and reason.
Reason shows us our duty; he who can make us love our duty is more powerful than reason itself.
None are rash when they are not seen by anybody.
Politeness has been defined to be artificial good-nature; but we may affirm, with much greater propriety, that good-nature is natural politeness.
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.
To believe with certainty, we must begin with doubting.
To make good use of life, one should have in youth the experience of advanced years, and in old age the vigor of youth.
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.
Affectation discovers sooner what one is than it makes known what one would fain appear to be.
To be vain of one's rank or place is to show that one is below it.
Religion has nothing more to fear than not being sufficiently understood.
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.
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