Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
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.
... I never will allow myself to form an ideal of any person I desire to see, for disappointment never fails to ensue.
Satire, like conscience, reminds us of what we often wish to forget.
There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.
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!
Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.
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.
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.
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.
The chief prerequisite for a escort is to have a flexible conscience and an inflexible politeness.
Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.
Love matches are made by people who are content, for a month of honey, to condemn themselves to a life of vinegar.
Memory seldom fails when its office is to show us the tombs of our buried hopes.
Society seldom forgives those who have discovered the emptiness of its pleasures, and who can live independent of it and them.
Love in France is a comedy; in England a tragedy; in Italy an opera seria; and in Germany a melodrama.
The vices of the rich and great are mistaken for error; and those of the poor and lowly, for crimes.
We never respect those who amuse us, however we may smile at their comic powers
Tears may be dried up, but the heart - never.
It is a sad thing to look at happiness only through another's eyes.
A mother's love! O holy, boundless thing!
Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!
Tears fell from my eyes - yes, weak and foolish as it now appears to me, I wept for my departed youth; and for that beauty of which the faithful mirror too plainly assured me, no remnant existed.
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