Happiness consists not in having much, but in being content with little.
Our weaknesses are the indigenous produce of our characters; but our strength is the forced fruit.
When the sun shines on you, you see your friends. It requires sunshine to be seen by them to advantage!
There is no cosmetic like happiness
There are no persons capable of stooping so low as those who desire to rise in the world.
Satire, like conscience, reminds us of what we often wish to forget.
Conversation is the legs on which thought walks; and writing, the wings by which it flies.
Borrowed thoughts, like borrowed money, only show the poverty of the borrower.
A mother's love! O holy, boundless thing!
Fountain whose waters never cease to spring!
Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.
A profound knowledge of life is the least enviable of all species of knowledge, because it can only be acquired by trials that make us regret the loss of our ignorance.
Society punishes not the vices of its members, but their detection.
People are always willing to follow advice when it accords with their own wishes.
Genius is the gold in the mine, talent is the miner who works and brings it out.
We have a reading, a talking, and a writing public. When shall we have a thinking?
Men are capable of making great sacrifices, who are not willing to make the lesser ones, on which so much of the happiness of life depends. The great sacrifices are seldom called for, but the minor ones are in daily requisition; and the making them with cheerfulness and grace enhances their value.
In France, a woman may forget that she is neither young nor handsome; for the absence of these claims to attention does not expose her to be neglected by the male sex.
... I never will allow myself to form an ideal of any person I desire to see, for disappointment never fails to ensue.
Wit is the lightning of the mind, reason the sunshine, and reflection the moonlight.
A beautiful woman without fixed principles may be likened to those fair but rootless flowers which float in streams, driven by every breeze.
There are some chagrins of the heart which a friend ought to try to console without betraying a knowledge of their existence, as there are physical maladies which a physician ought to seek to heal without letting the sufferer know that he has discovered their extent.
Women excel more in literary judgment than in literary production,--they are better critics than authors.
Haste is always ungraceful.
The future: A consolation for those who have no other.
Mountains appear more lofty the nearer they are approached, but great men resemble them not in this particular.
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