Whatever we conceive well we express clearly, and words flow with ease.
[Fr., Ce que l'on concoit bien s'enonce clairement,
Et les mots pour le dire arrivent aisement.]
A fool always finds one still more foolish to admire him.
Of all the animals which fly in the air, walk on the land, or swim in the sea, from Paris to Peru, from Japan to Rome, the most foolish animal in my opinion is man.
Hasten slowly, and without losing heart, put your work twenty times upon the anvil.
[Fr., Hatez-vous lentement; et, sans perdre courage,
Vingt fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage.]
Often the fear on one evil leads us into a worse.
That which is repeated too often becomes insipid and tedious.
When we envy another, we make their virtue our vice.
Whate'er is well conceived is clearly said, And the words to say it flow with ease.
Every age has its pleasures, its style of wit, and its own ways.
Truth has not such an urgent air.
At times truth may not seem probable.
A fop sometimes gives important advice.
Attach yourself to those who advise you rather than praise you.
Who is content with nothing possesses all things.
Happy who in his verse can gently steer, From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.
The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass.
In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, Unerring wisdom never dwelt below; Folly in all of every age we see, The only difference lies in the degree.
Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside.
[Fr., L'honneur est comme une ile escarpee et sans bords;
On n'y peut plus rentrer des qu'on en est dehors.]
Bring your work back to the workshop twenty times. Polish it continuously, and polish it again.
Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way.
However big the fool, there is always a bigger fool to admire him.
Nothing is really beautiful but truth, and truth alone is lovely.
It is the sin which we have not committed which seems the most monstrous.
A proud bigot, who is vain enough to think that he can deceive even God by affected zeal, and throwing the veil of holiness over vices, damns all mankind by the word of his power.
Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: But with poverty everything becomes frightful.
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