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.
Science conducts us, step by step, through the whole range of creation, until we arrive, at length, at God.
Joy takes away from us the thoughts of our actions; sorrow it is that awakens the soul.
Prudence advises us to use our enemies as if one day they might be friends.
Delicacy is the genuine tint of virtue.
I should rejoice if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to myself.
It is only the educated who can produce or appreciate high art.
Love works in miracles every day: such as weakening the strong, and stretching the weak; making fools of the wise, and wise men of fools; favouring the passions, destroying reason, and in a word, turning everything topsy-turvy.
Bashfulness is not becoming to maidenhood, though modesty always is.
Mistrust is the sure forerunner of hatred.
God has put into the heart of man love and the boldness to sue, and into the heart of woman fear and the courage to refuse.
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.
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.
The more hidden the venom, the more dangerous it is.
The woman who does not choose to love should cut the matter short at once, by holding out no hopes to her suitor.
There is in us more of the appearance of sense and virtue than of the reality.
Blushes cannot be counterfeited.
Have a care lest the wrinkles in the face extend to the heart.
We shall all be perfectly virtuous when there is no longer any flesh on our bones.
Extreme concupiscence may be found under extreme austerity.
It is the same in love as in war; a fortress that parleys is half taken.
There is no greater fool than the man who thinks himself wise; no one is wiser than he who suspects he is a fool.
envy and hatred fascinate the eyes and never make them see things as they are.
Adversity is solitary, while prosperity dwells in a crowd
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