There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
Never tell a loved one of an infidelity: you would be badly rewarded for your troubles. Although one dislikes being deceived, one likes even less to be undeceived.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
If a man needs a religion to conduct himself properly in this world, it is a sign that he has either a limited mind or a corrupt heart.
Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
Shall I tell you what makes love so dangerous? 'Tis the too high idea we are apt to form of it.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
It takes a hundred times more skill to make love than to command an army.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
I have always sworn to my lovers to love them eternally, but for me eternity is a quarter of an hour.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
The joy of the mind is the measure of its strength.
Friendship should be in the singular; it can be no more plural than love.
After the age of eighty, all contemporaries are friends.
What is death, after all? We leave only mortals behind us.
Words really flattering are not those which we prepare but those which escape us unthinkingly.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
There is always a moment in the pyramid of our lives when the apex is reached.
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