Make your best thoughts into action.
Order in a house ought to be like the machinery in opera, whose effect produces great pleasure, but whose ends must be hid.
Women do not often have it in their power to give like men, but they forgive like Heaven.
One of the first observations to make in conversation is the state, or the character, and the education of the person to whom we speak.
Fortune does not change [people], it unmasks them.
Obstinacy is ever most positive when it is most in the wrong.
How immense to us appear the sins we have not committed.
Dignity and love do not blend.
Elegance is exquisite polish.
Gallantry thrives most in the atmosphere of the court.
It is never permissible to say, I say.
The most subtle flattery that a woman can receive is by actions, not by words.
Where love and wisdom drink out of the same cup, in this everyday world, it is the exception.
Romance is the poetry of literature.
The heart of a good man is the sanctuary of God in this world.
When death gives us a long lease of life, it takes as hostages all those whom we have loved.
Too many wish to be happy before becoming wise.
It were no virtue to bear calamities if we did not feel them.
Love is the only possession which we can carry with us beyond the grave.
The old age of women is bearable only on condition that they do not take up any room, do not make any noise, do not demand any service; on condition that they render all the service that is expected of them, and actually have no existence except for the good of others.
For the honest people, relations increase with the years. For the vicious, inconveniences increase. Inconstancy is the defect of vice; the influence of habit is one of the qualities of virtue.
One can impose silence on sentiment, but one can not give it limits.
A pure style in writing results from the rejection of everything superfluous.
Our own cast-off sorrows are not sufficient to constitute sympathy for others.
The more heart, the more sorrow.
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