Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
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.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
Interest, ambition, fortune, time, temper, love, all kill friendship.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
We are more conscious that a person is in the wrong when the wrong concerns ourselves.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears,--to all one says, or does, or writes.
Certain names always awake certain prejudices.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend.
Let us pray! God is just, he tries us; God is pitiful, he will comfort us; let us pray!
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Success causes us to be more praised than known.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
The philosopher spends in becoming a man the time which the ambitious man spends in becoming a personage.
We distrust our heart too much, and our head not enough.
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