As you know, no one over thirty years of age is afraid of tittle-tattle. I myself find it much less difficult to strangle a man than to fear him.
We grow old more through indolence, than through age.
It is a far greater happiness to obey no one than to rule the whole world.
God has neither form nor shape under which we can know Him; when he speaks of Himself in metaphors and similes, He is adapting Himself to our foolishness, our limited capacity.
Ignorance is not innocence.
It is quite as ignominious to allow oneself to be deceived as to deceive.
Life is too short to be able to love as one should.
I was born, have lived, and will die free.
There is a star above us which unites souls of the first order, though worlds and ages separate them.
It would not be difficult to be a better ruler than I was: for I admit that I ruled badly; and even if I was fortunate enough to satisfy my subjects, I was not fortunate enough to satisfy myself.
You should be more afraid of a stupid man than of an evil one.
We read for instruction, for correction, and for consolation.
Other things titillate me more keenly than the pale pleasures of marriage.
Every man is his own worst enemy
Dignity is like a perfume; those who use it are scarcely conscious of it.
I love men, not because they are men, but because they are not women
One can really love only once.
Nuns and married women are equally unhappy, if in different ways.
Great armies are nothing but a collection of weakness.
There are few prisoners more closely guarded than princes.
To some people everything is permitted.
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