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.
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.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
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.
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.
The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
We are more conscious that a person is in the wrong when the wrong concerns ourselves.
Let us pray! God is just, he tries us; God is pitiful, he will comfort us; let us pray!
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.
We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
Certain names always awake certain prejudices.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Success causes us to be more praised than known.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
Philosophers call God the great unknown The great misknown is more like it!
What is love? two souls and one flesh; friendship? two bodies and one soul.
That which deceives us and does us harm, also undeceives us and does us good.
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