Some people are always grumbling because roses have thorns; I am thankful that thorns have roses.
All people have three characters, that which they exhibit, that which they have, and that which they think they have.
Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous of the passions; it is the only one which includes in its dreams the happiness of someone else.
I am thankful that thorns have roses.
Uncertainty is the worst of all evils until the moment when reality makes us regret uncertainty.
The more things change, the more they stay the same.
If we are to abolish the death penalty, I should like to see the first step taken by our friends the murderers.
The more the change, the more it is the same thing.
Every man has three characters: that which he shows, that which he has, and that which he thinks he has.
Avoid all haste; calmness is an essential ingredient of politeness.
If men knew all that women think, they would be twenty times more audacious.
A woman who writes commits two sins; she increases the number of books, and decreases the number of women.
Friendship between two women is always a plot against another one.
Happiness is composed of misfortunes avoided.
Let us try to see things from their better side: You complain about seeing thorny rose bushes; Me, I rejoice and give thanks to the gods That thorns have roses.
Flowing water is at once a picture and a music, which causes to flow at the same time from my brain, like a limpid and murmuring rivulet, sweet thoughts, charming reveries, and melancholy remembrances.
A widow is like a frigate of which the first captain has been shipwrecked.
Almost every one flatters himself that he and his are exceptionable.
Women's glances express what they dare not speak.
Though we have two eyes, we are supplied with but one tongue. Draw your own moral.
Botany is the art of insulting flowers in Greek and Latin.
We can invent only with memory.
If women only knew the extent of their power!
I gather from a lawyer that there was a rehearsal yesterday. We haven't a hope. I know the presiding judge too: I've had the misfortune to sleep with his wife. He was specially picked.
One expresses well only the love he does not feel.
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