There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
Every day I add to the list of things I refuse to discuss. The wiser the man, the longer the list.
Intelligent people make many mistakes because they cannot believe the world is really as foolish as it is.
Society is divided into two classes, the shearers and the shorn.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
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
It is passion that makes man live; wisdom makes one only last.
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Pleasure can be supported by an illusion; but happiness rests upon truth.
Of lies, false modesty is the most decent.
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.
Marriage, as practised by high society, is arranged indecency.
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.
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.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?
A man without nobility cannot have kindliness; he can only have good nature.
Pleasure may come from illusion, but happiness can come only of reality.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
We need to be just before we are generous, as we need shirts before ruffles.
Conscience is a dog that does not stop us from passing but that we cannot prevent from barking.
The threat of a neglected cold is for doctors what the threat of purgatory is for priests-a gold mine.
In a country where everyone strives for attention, it is better to be bankrupt than to be nothing.
There aren't many benefactors who don't say, like Satan: All these things will I give you if you bow down and worship me.
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