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.
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.
Life is too short to be able to love as one should.
Ignorance is not innocence.
There is a star above us which unites souls of the first order, though worlds and ages separate them.
It is quite as ignominious to allow oneself to be deceived as to deceive.
It is a far greater happiness to obey no one than to rule the whole world.
You should be more afraid of a stupid man than of an evil one.
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.
We read for instruction, for correction, and for consolation.
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
Other things titillate me more keenly than the pale pleasures of marriage.
I was born, have lived, and will die free.
Every man is his own worst enemy
Nuns and married women are equally unhappy, if in different ways.
One can really love only once.
Great armies are nothing but a collection of weakness.
To some people everything is permitted.
There are few prisoners more closely guarded than princes.
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