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.
That which deceives us and does us harm, also undeceives us and does us good.
As long as we love, we lend to the beloved object qualities of mind and heart which we deprive him of when the day of misunderstanding arrives.
When unhappy, one doubts everything when happy one doubts nothing.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
We love justice greatly, and just men but little.
The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.
We often experience more regret over the part we have left, than pleasure over the part we have preferred.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
Generosity is more charitable than wealth.
The historian must be a poet; not to find, but to find again; not to breathe life into beings, into imaginary deeds, but in order to re-animate and revive that which has been; to represent what time and space have placed at a distance from us.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
The egoist does not tolerate egoism.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
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