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.
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.
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.
Glances are the first billets-doux of love.
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 woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
Men lose more conquests by their own awkwardness than by any virtue in the woman.
The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
A man is given the choice between loving women and understanding them
It is not enough to be wise, one must be engaging.
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.
The less heart, the more comfort.
The more sins you confess, the more books you will sell.
Inconstancy is the child of satiety.
The passions do not die out; they burn out.
Gossip, like ennui, is born of idleness.
I hold those wise who know how to be happy.
Shall I tell you what makes love so dangerous? 'Tis the too high idea we are apt to form of it.
Words really flattering are not those which we prepare but those which escape us unthinkingly.
A woman should not take a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her reason.
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