At fifteen, beauty and talent do not exist; there can only be promise of the coming woman.
True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
To promote laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
All humanity is passion; without passion, religion, history, novels, art would be ineffectual.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Economized love is never real love
Love passes quickly, and passes like a street Arab, anxious to mark his way with mischief
Nature knows nothing but solid bodies; your science deals only with combinations of surfaces. And so nature constantly gives the lie to all your laws; can you name one to which no fact makes an exception?
There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo.
The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
Wisdom is the understanding of celestial things to which the Spirit is brought by Love.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
A young bride is like a plucked flower but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
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