To judge of the real importance of the individual, we should think of the effect his death would produce.
Since we are exposed to inevitable sorrows, wisdom is the art of finding compensation.
Human nature is so weak that the honest men who have no religion make me fret with their perilous virtue, as rope-dancers with their dangerous equilibrium.
The uncertainty of events disturbs the purest enjoyments.
It is because gold is rare that gilding has been invented, which, without having its solidity, has all its brilliancy. Thus, to replace the kindness we lack, we have devised politeness which has all its appearance.
Reflection increases the vigor of the mind, as exercise does the strength of the body.
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