The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
Between good sense and good taste there lies the difference between a cause and its effect.
One mark of a second-rate mind is to be always telling stories.
A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position.
We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together.
No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.
The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
It is boorish to live ungraciously: the giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
Liberality consists less in giving a great deal than in gifts well-timed.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
There are only two ways by which to rise in this world either by ones own industry or by the stupidity of others.
The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
One seeks to make the loved one entirely happy, or, if that cannot be, entirely wretched.
There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty.
Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
We can recognize the dawn and the decline of love by the uneasiness we feel when alone together.
Grief at the absence of a loved one is happiness compared to life with a person one hates.
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
A vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
We should laugh before being happy, for fear of dying without having laughed.
A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aide may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.
All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.
Everything has been said, and we are more than seven thousand years of human thought too late.
There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.
Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.