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MADAME ANNE SOPHIE SWETCHINE (SOIMONOFF)
Russian-French writer
(1782 - 1857)
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Poor humanity!--so dependent, so insignificant, and yet so great.
      - [Humanity]

Prayer has a right to the word "ineffable." It is an hour of outpourings which words cannot express,--of that interior speech which we do not articulate, even when we employ it.
      - [Prayer]

"Prayer," says St. Jerome, "is a groan." Ah! our groans are prayers as well. The very cry of distress is an involuntary appeal to that invisible Power whose aid the soul invokes.
      - [Prayer]

Pride dries the tears of anger and vexation; humility, those of grief. The one is indignant that we should suffer; the other calms us by the reminder that we deserve nothing else.
      - [Tears]

Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
      - [Enterprise]

Real sorrow is almost as difficult to discover as real poverty. An instinctive delicacy hides the rays of the one and the wounds of the other.
      - [Sorrow]

Repentance is accepted remorse.
      - [Repentance]

Resignation is, to some extent, spoiled for me by the fact that it is so entirely conformable to the laws of common-sense. I should like just a little more of the supernatural in the practice of my favorite virtue.
      - [Resignation]

Respect is a serious thing in him who feels it, and the height of honor for him who inspires the feeling.
      - [Respect]

Silence is like nightfall; objects are lost in it insensibly.
      - [Silence]

Strength alone knows conflict; weakness is below even defeat, and is born vanquished.
      - [Strength]

Suspicion has its dupes, as well as credulity.
      - [Suspicion]

The beings who appear cold, but are only timid, adore where they dare to love.
      - [Love]

The best of lessons, for a good many people, would be to listen at a keyhole. It is a pity for such that the practice is dishonorable.
      - [Conceit]

The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
      - [Trifles]

The fact that God has prohibited despair gives misfortune the right to hope all things, and leaves hope free to dare all things.
      - [Despair]

The heart has always the pardoning power.
      - [Pardon]

The ideal of friendship is to feel as one while remaining two.
      - [Friendship]

The injustice of men subserves the justice of God, and often His mercy.
      - [Injustice : Justice]

The inventory of my faith for this lower world is soon made out. I believe in Him who made it.
      - [Faith]

The law of common sense.
      - [Resignation]

The mind wears the colors of the soul, as a valet those of his master.
      - [Mind]

The most dangerous of all flattery is the inferiority of those about us.
      - [Flattery]

The only true method of action in this world is to be in it, but not of it.
      - [Action]

The root of sanctity is sanity. A man must be healthy before he can be holy. We bathe first, and then perfume.
      - [Health]


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