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.
Love and friendship exclude each other.
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.