There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.
Too great a hurry to discharge an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire.
Few things are impracticable in themselves and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
The pleasure of love is in loving; we are happier in the passion we feel than in what we inspire.
It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
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