It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.

Is a faith without action a sincere faith?

There are no secrets that time does not reveal.

On the throne, one has many worries; and remorse is the one that weighs the least.

How good is God! How sweet his yoke!

A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt.

The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.

The quarrels of lovers are the renewal of love.

I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him.

My death, taking the light from my eyes, gives back to the day the purity which they soiled.

Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.

A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.

Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes.

Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it.

The glory of my name increases my shame. Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes.

According as the man is, so must you humour him.

Justice in the extreme is often unjust.

I have pushed virtue to outright brutality.

Too much virtue can be criminal.

In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.

It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.

I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination.

Love is not a fire to be shut up in a soul. Everything betrays us: voice, silence, eyes; half-covered fires burn all the brighter.

Do not they bring it to pass by knowing that they know nothing at all?

Without money honor is merely a disease.

Thank the Gods! My misery exceeds all my hopes!

I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.

If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.