I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
Success causes us to be more praised than known.
We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
A face which is always serene possesses a mysterious and powerful attraction: sad hearts come to it as to the sun to warm themselves again.
God is a shower to the heart burned up with grief; God is a sun to the face deluged with tears.
Like those statues which must be made larger than "nature" in order that, viewed from below, or from a distance, they may appear to be of the "natural" size, certain truths must be "strained" in order that the public may form a just idea of them.
Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.
It is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent.
The chief cause of our misery is less the violence of our passions than the feebleness of our virtues.
What is slander? A verdict of "guilty" pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defence or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge.
We distrust our heart too much, and our head not enough.
When orators and auditors have the same prejudices, those prejudices run a great risk of being made to stand for incontestable truths.
The philosopher spends in becoming a man the time which the ambitious man spends in becoming a personage.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite impressions.
Pleasure once tasted satisfies less than the desire experienced for its torments.
It is impossible to be just if one is not generous.
That which we know is but little; that which we have a presentiment of is immense; it is in this direction that the poet outruns the learned man.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
Generosity is more charitable than wealth.
The egoist does not tolerate egoism.
Length of saying makes languor of hearing.
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