Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
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.
There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.
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.
Satire, like conscience, reminds us of what we often wish to forget.
... I never will allow myself to form an ideal of any person I desire to see, for disappointment never fails to ensue.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight ...
When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!
When we bring back with us the objects most dear, and find those we left unchanged, we are tempted to doubt the lapse of time; but one link in the chain of affection broken, and every thing seems altered.
I see little alteration at Lyons since I formerly passed through it. Its manufactories are, nevertheless, flourishing, though less improvement than could be expected is visible in the external aspect of the place.
Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.
Love in France is a comedy; in England a tragedy; in Italy an opera seria; and in Germany a melodrama.
Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
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.
Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.
Society seldom forgives those who have discovered the emptiness of its pleasures, and who can live independent of it and them.
Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.
Arles is certainly one of the most interesting towns I have ever seen, whether viewed as a place remarkable for the objects of antiquity it contains, or for the primitive manners of its inhabitants and its picturesque appearance.
Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.
We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers
Friends are the thermometer by which we may judge the temperature of our fortunes.
A mother's love! O holy, boundless thing!
Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!
The difference between weakness and wickedness is much less than people suppose; and the consequences are nearly always the same.
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