Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.
There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
Bachelors' wives and old maids' children are always perfect.
It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
Intelligent people make many mistakes because they cannot believe the world is really as foolish as it is.
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
It is passion that makes man live; wisdom makes one only last.
One can be certain that every generally held idea, every received notion, will be idiocy because it has been able to appeal to the majority
Conscience is a dog that does not stop us from passing but that we cannot prevent from barking.
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency.
We need to be just before we are generous, as we need shirts before ruffles.
There some trifles well habited, as there are some fools well clothed.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
How many fools does it take to make up a public?
Man reaches each stage of his life as a novice.
I have three kinds of friends: those who love me, those who pay no attention to me, and those who detest me.
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