He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
Bodily labor alleviates the pains of the mind and from this arises the happiness of the poor.
Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
If it requires great tact to speak to the purpose, it requires no less to know when to be silent.
The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
How can we accept another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves.
We are never so ridiculous by the qualities we have, as by those we affect to have.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
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.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
What makes us so bitter against people who outwit us is that they think themselves cleverer than we are.
If I advance, follow me If I retreat, kill me If I die, avenge me
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.