It requires infinitely a greater genius to make love, than to make war.
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.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
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.
Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
It takes a hundred times more skill to make love than to command an army.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
Shall I tell you what makes love so dangerous? 'Tis the too high idea we are apt to form of it.
I have always sworn to my lovers to love them eternally, but for me eternity is a quarter of an hour.
Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
The joy of the mind is the measure of its strength.
A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
There is always a moment in the pyramid of our lives when the apex is reached.
The mind has great advantages over the body; however the body often furnishes little treats ... which offer the mind relief from sad thoughts.
After the age of eighty, all contemporaries are friends.
Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.
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