Disgrace does not consist in the punishment, but in the crime.
Often the test of courage is not to die but to live.
Deep vengeance is the daughter of deep silence.
Necessity inspires the fatal thought.
Liars are always most disposed to swear.
To err is human; but contrition felt for the crime distinguishes the virtuous from the wicked.
The talent of making friends is not equal to the talent of doing without them.
A conquering king will banish from his breast hatred towards one whom he no longer fears.
Heaven takes care that no man secures happiness by crime.
Joy surfeited turns to sorrow.
First thoughts are not always the best.
For one to grasp, whatever be his object, sov'reign power ... is an act of perilous presumption.
Original thoughts can be understood only in virtue of the unoriginal elements which they contain.
I had seen the great, but I had not seen the small.
If ardent passions push not men on to lofty enterprise, calm wisdom never will accomplish it.
Thou knowest not the endless artifices of a court. Invented crimes are often there alleged; but real ones, and those especially, which may offend his pride, are oftentimes not to a king divulged.
The guilty is he who meditates a crime; the punishment is his who lays the plot.
Joy, when it is excessive, overcomes as much as grief.
That blood which thou hast spill'd, should join you closely in an eternal bond.
There is a silence, the child of love, which expresses everything, and proclaims more loudly than the tongue is able to do; there are movements that are involuntary proofs of what the soul feels.
The time for hope is gone, and come for fear.
A usurper always distrusts the whole world.
For 'tis impossible Hate to return with love.
Sometimes blood, for the sake of sparing it, is spilled.
Alas, 'tis force alone that can compel to virtuous actions a degenerate people.
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