Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite impressions.
In youth one has tears without grief; in age, griefs without tears
We distrust our heart too much, and our head not enough.
The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
Conscientious men are, almost everywhere, less encouraged than tolerated.
God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.
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.
Everything that is exquisite hides itself.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
Great dejection often follows great enthusiasm.
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.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
Interest, ambition, fortune, time, temper, love, all kill friendship.
Our experience is composed rather of illusions lost than of wisdom acquired.
Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
When unhappy, one doubts everything when happy one doubts nothing.
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