it has been long and justly remarked, that folly has ever sought alliance with beauty.
We credit scarcely any persons with good sense except those who are of our opinion.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
We have more ability than will power, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible.
Honest people will respect us for our merit: the public, for our luck.
The confidence which we have in ourselves gives birth to much of that which we have in others.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
Weak people cannot be sincere.
If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.
Passions are the only orators to always convinces us.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.
We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.
A moment's insight is sometimes worth a life's experience.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide.
The sound of a kiss is not so loud as that of a cannon, but its echo lasts a great deal longer.
Knowledge like timber shouldn't be mush use till they are seasoned.
Life and language are alike sacred. Homicide and verbicide --that is, violent treatment of a word with fatal results to its legitimate meaning, which is its life --are alike forbidden.
Language is the blood of the soul into which thoughts run and out of which they grow.
This is a court of law young man, not a court of justice.
I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived.
To live is to function. That is all there is in living.
It is very lonely sometimes, trying to play God.
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