It requires infinitely a greater genius to make love, than to make war.
There are no perfect women in the world; only hypocrites exhibit no defects.
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.
A cunning woman is her own mistress because she confides in no one. She who deceives others anticipates deceit, and guards herself.
Novelty is the storehouse of pleasure.
The mind has great advantages over the body; however the body often furnishes little treats ... which offer the mind relief from sad thoughts.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
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.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
That which is striking and beautiful is not always good, but that which is good is always beautiful.
Ennui, the parent of expensive and ruinous vices.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
It takes a hundred times more skill to make love than to command an army.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
Shall I tell you what makes love so dangerous? 'Tis the too high idea we are apt to form of it.
Old age is a woman's hell.
A sensible woman should be guided by her head when taking a husband, and by her heart when taking a lover.
Love never dies of starvation, but often of indigestion.
The passions do not die out; they burn out.
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