I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
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.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
Morality is the fruit of religion: to desire the former without the latter is to desire an orange without an orange-tree.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
The egoist does not tolerate egoism.
It is impossible to be just if one is not generous.
Not all of those to whom we do good love us, neither do all those to whom we do evil hate us.
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.
Friendship admits of difference of character, as love does that of sex.
What is experience? A poor little hut constructed from the ruins of the palace of gold and marble called our illusions.
We are more conscious that a person is in the wrong when the wrong concerns ourselves.
Certain names always awake certain prejudices.
Friends are rare for, the good reason that men are not common.
Length of saying makes languor of hearing.
Present unhappiness is selfish; past sorrow is compassionate.
The city does not take away, neither does the country give, solitude; solitude is within us.
The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears,--to all one says, or does, or writes.
Let us pray! God is just, he tries us; God is pitiful, he will comfort us; let us pray!
The orator is the mouth (os) of a nation.
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