Apre' s le rare bonheur de trouver une compagne qui nous soit bien assortie, l'e tat le moins malheureux de la vie est sans doute de vivre seul. After the rare happiness of finding a companion with whom we are well matched, the least unpleasant state of life is without doubt to live alone.
The Christian religion alone contemplates the conjugal union in the order of nature; it is the only religion which presents woman to man as a companion; every other abandons her to him as a slave. To religion alone do European women owe their liberty.
La solitude re tablit aussi bien les harmonies du corps que celles de l'a" me. Solitude restores the harmonies of the body no less than those of the soul.
Patience is the courage of virtue.
Death, my son, is a good thing for all men; it is the night for this worried day that we call life. It is in the sleep of death that finds rest for eternity the sickness, pain, desperation, and the fears that agitate, without end, we unhappy living souls.
If life is a punishment, one should wish for an end; if life is a test, one should wish it to be short.
Literature is the daughter of heaven, who descended upon earth to soften and charm all human ills.
Every trait of beauty may be traced to some virtue, as to innocence, candor, generosity, modesty, and heroism.
A tomb is a monument placed on the limits of two worlds.
An effort made with ourselves for the good of others, with the intention of pleasing God alone.
Our ancestors have travelled the iron age; the golden is before us.
La mort, mon fils, est un bien pour tous les hommes; elle est la nuit de ce jour inquiet qu'on appelle la vie. Bernstein Death, my son, is a good for all; it is the night of this worrisome day that one calls life.
There are few writers of note, of any country or of any age, from whom quotations might not be made in proof of the love with which they regarded Nature.
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