Success causes us to be more praised than known.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
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.
Present unhappiness is selfish; past sorrow is compassionate.
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.
Generosity is more charitable than wealth.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
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.
God is a shower to the heart burned up with grief; God is a sun to the face deluged with tears.
Pleasure once tasted satisfies less than the desire experienced for its torments.
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.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
Not all of those to whom we do good love us, neither do all those to whom we do evil hate us.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
Morality is the fruit of religion: to desire the former without the latter is to desire an orange without an orange-tree.
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.
No labor is hopeless.
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