What is slander? A verdict of "guilty" pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defence or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.
We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
Interest, ambition, fortune, time, temper, love, all kill friendship.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
The city does not take away, neither does the country give, solitude; solitude is within us.
What is love? two souls and one flesh; friendship? two bodies and one soul.
Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.
Pleasure once tasted satisfies less than the desire experienced for its torments.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite impressions.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
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