Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
There is no cosmetic like happiness
Satire, like conscience, reminds us of what we often wish to forget.
Men are capable of making great sacrifices, who are not willing to make the lesser ones, on which so much of the happiness of life depends. The great sacrifices are seldom called for, but the minor ones are in daily requisition; and the making them with cheerfulness and grace enhances their value.
There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.
A mother's love! O holy, boundless thing!
Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!
We have a reading, a talking, and a writing public. When shall we have a thinking?
People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.
Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
In France, a woman may forget that she is neither young nor handsome; for the absence of these claims to attention does not expose her to be neglected by the male sex.
When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
... I never will allow myself to form an ideal of any person I desire to see, for disappointment never fails to ensue.
Society punishes not the vices of its members, but their detection.
You were wise not to waste years in a lawsuit ... he who commences a suit resembles him who plants a palm-tree which he will not live to see flourish.
A poor man defended himself when charged with stealing food to appease the cravings of hunger, saying, the cries of the stomach silenced those of the conscience.
A beautiful woman without fixed principles may be likened to those fair but rootless flowers which float in streams, driven by every breeze.
Bores: People who talk of themselves, when you are thinking only of yourself.
Life would be as insupportable without the prospect of death, as it would be without sleep.
Despotism subjects a nation to one tyrant; democracy, to many.
To amend mankind, moralists should show them man, not as he is, but as he ought to be.
There are some chagrins of the heart which a friend ought to try to console without betraying a knowledge of their existence, as there are physical maladies which a physician ought to seek to heal without letting the sufferer know that he has discovered their extent.
The future: A consolation for those who have no other.
Pleasure is like a cordial - a little of it is not injurious, but too much destroys.
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