There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again.
Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
Nobody deserves to be praised for goodness unless he is strong enough to be bad.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another.