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.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
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.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
Philosophers call God the great unknown The great misknown is more like it!
The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
Solitude vivifies, isolation kills.
Great souls are harmonious.
To love is to choose.
In youth one has tears without grief; in age, griefs without tears
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.
The man abandoned by his friends, one after another, without just cause, will acquire, the reputation of being hard to please, changeable, ungrateful, unsociable.
Friends are rare for, the good reason that men are not common.
What is love? two souls and one flesh; friendship? two bodies and one soul.
Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.
At first we hope too much and later on, not enough.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness.
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