The greater the effort, the greater the glory.
Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
He who is hated by all can not expect to live long.
There are secret ties, there are sympathies, by the sweet relationship of which souls that are well matched attach themselves to each other, and are affected by I know not what, which cannot be explained
When there is no peril in the fight there is no glory in the triumph.
A liar is always lavish of oaths.
Time is a great manager: it arranges things well.
Deceit is the game of petty spirits, and that is by nature a woman's quality.
He who has resolved to conquer or die is seldom conquered; such noble despair perishes with difficulty.
He who forgives readily only invites offense.
By speaking of our misfortunes we often relieve them.
[Fr., A raconter ses maux souvent on les soulage.]
All great virtues become great men.
Obedience is a hard profession.
One is often guilty by being too just.
I see, I know, I believe, I am undeceived.
Clemency is the noblest trait which can reveal a true monarch to the world.
A monarch must sometimes rule even himself: he who wants everything must risk very little.
The manner of giving is worth more than the gift.
If you betray me, can I take a better revenge than to love the person you hate?
What destroys one man preserves another.
Brave men are brave from the very first.
To win without risk is to triumph without glory.
Omnipotence is bought with ceaseless fear.
One doesn't wish to see those to whom one owes so much.
Flee an enemy who knows your weakness.
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