There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
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.
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.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
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.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
It takes a hundred times more skill to make love than to command an army.
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.
It requires infinitely a greater genius to make love, than to make war.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
There is always a moment in the pyramid of our lives when the apex is reached.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
Friendship should be in the singular; it can be no more plural than love.
What is death, after all? We leave only mortals behind us.
After the age of eighty, all contemporaries are friends.
It is strange that modesty is the rule for women when what they most value in men is boldness.
Actors ought to be larger than life. You come across quite enough ordinary, nondescript people in daily life and I don't see why you should be subjected to them on the stage too.
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