There are women so hard to please that it would seem as if nothing less than an angel would suit them; and hence it comes that they often encounter devils.
Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself.
Joy takes away from us the thoughts of our actions; sorrow it is that awakens the soul.
It is only the educated who can produce or appreciate high art.
We are always more disposed to laugh at nonsense than at genuine wit; because the nonsense is more agreeable to us, being more comfortable to our natures.
Mistrust is the sure forerunner of hatred.
Temptations, like misfortunes, are sent to test our moral strength.
Women suffer more from disappointment than men, because they have more of faith and are naturally more credulous.
Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart.
Blushes cannot be counterfeited.
Servitude is inherent; we are all slaves to duty or to force.
There are few husbands whom the wife cannot win in the long run, by patience and love.
distrust ... is the beginning of hatred.
Prudence advises us to use our enemies as if one day they might be friends.
envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.
There is no greater fool than the man who thinks himself wise; no one is wiser than he who suspects he is a fool.
Science conducts us, step by step, through the whole range of creation, until we arrive, at length, at God.
Extreme concupiscence may be found under extreme austerity.
We shall all be perfectly virtuous when there is no longer any flesh on our bones.
Gold adulterates one thing only,--the human heart.
It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.
The cup of joy is heaviest when empty.
There is in us more of the appearance of sense and virtue than of the reality.
The woman who does not choose to love should cut the matter short at once, by holding out no hopes to her suitor.
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