Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
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.
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.
At first we hope too much and later on, not enough.
Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.
That which deceives us and does us harm, also undeceives us and does us good.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
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.
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.
We love justice greatly, and just men but little.
Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
We often experience more regret over the part we have left, than pleasure over the part we have preferred.
The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.
Certain names always awake certain prejudices.
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