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A fool who has a flash of wit creates astonishment and scandal, like hack-horses setting out to gallop.
A man of intellect is lost unless he unites energy of character to intellect. When we have the lantern of Diogenes we must have his staff.
A modicum of discord is the very spice of courtship.
A monarchy tempered by songs.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
Anticipation leads the way to victory, and is the spur to conquest.
Calumny is like the wasp which worries you, and which it is not best to try to get rid of unless you are sure of slaying it; for otherwise it returns to the charge more furious than ever.
Celebrity is the chastisement of merit and the punishment of talent.
Chance is a nickname for Providence.
[Fr., Le hasard est un sobriquet de la Providence.]
Change of fashions is the tax which industry imposes on the vanity of the rich.
Change, change,--we all covet change.
Contact with the world either breaks or hardens the heart.
Contemptuous people are sure to be contemptible.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
Covetousness is a sort of mental gluttony, not confined to money, but craving honor, and feeding on selfishness.
Do not suppose opportunity will knock twice at your door.
Do you think then that revolutions are made with rose water?
[Fr., Voulez-vous donc qu'on vous fasse des revolutions a l'eau-rose?]
- to Marmotel, who regretted the excesses of the Revolution
Egotism is the tongue of vanity.
False modesty is the most decent of all falsehoods.
France is an absolute monarchy, tempered by ballads.
[Fr., La France est une monarchie absolue, temperee par des chansons.]
- quoted by [France]
He who disguises tyranny, protection, or even benefits under the air and name of friendship reminds me of the guilty priest who poisoned the sacramental bread.
If a woman were about to proceed to her execution, she would demand a little time to perfect her toilet.
In the fine arts, as in many other things, we know well only what we have not learned.
It is among uneducated women that we may look for the most confirmed gossips. Goethe tells us there is nothing more frightful than bustling ignorance.
It is children only who enjoy the present; their elders either live on the memory of the past or the hope of the future.
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