Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear nor any fear without hope.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.