A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.
The most exquisite pleasure is giving pleasure to others.
Life is a tragedy for those who feel, and a comedy for those who think.
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all.
It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well nor enough judgement to be silent.
It is a great misfortune neither to have enough wit to talk well nor enough judgment to be silent.
There is no business in the world so troublesome as the pursuit of fame: life is over before you have hardly begun your work.
There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by one's own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others.
There are no ugly women; there are only women who do not know how to look pretty.
The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty.
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.