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.
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.
The Holy Scriptures praise the dew of the morning and the dew of the evening; ros matutinum, ros serotinum! Happy is he who possesses the gift of tears! when young, he will bear flowers; when old, fruit!
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.
History, if thoroughly comprehended, furnishes something of the experience which a man would acquire who should be a contemporary of all ages and a fellow citizen of all peoples.
In youth one has tears without grief; in age, griefs without tears
To love is to choose.
What is experience? A poor little hut constructed from the ruins of the palace of gold and marble called our illusions.
Interest, ambition, fortune, time, temper, love, all kill friendship.
No labor is hopeless.
The vital air of friendship is composed of confidence. Friendship perishes in proportion as this air diminishes.
We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend.
The man abandoned by his friends, one after another, without just cause, will acquire, the reputation of being hard to please, changeable, ungrateful, unsociable.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
The orator is the mouth (os) of a nation.
Friends are rare for, the good reason that men are not common.
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