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MADAME ANNE SOPHIE SWETCHINE (SOIMONOFF)
Russian-French writer
(1782 - 1857)
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The smile upon the old man's lip, like the last rays of the setting sun, pierces the heart with a sweet and sad emotion. There is still a ray, there is still a smile; but they may be the last.
      - [Age]

The symptoms of compassion and benevolence in some people are like those minute-guns which warn you that you are in deadly peril.
      - [Bores]

The very might of the human intellect reveals its limits.
      - [Mind]

The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack.
      - [Sympathy]

There are but two future verbs which man may appropriate confidently and without pride: "I shall suffer," and "I shall die."
      - [Destiny]

There are not good things enough in life to indemnify us for the neglect of a single duty.
      - [Duty]

There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.
      - [Evil]

There are times when it would seem as if God fished with a line, and the devil with a net.
      - [Temptation]

There are two ways of attaining an important end--force and perseverance. Force falls to the lot only of the privileged few, but austere and sustained perseverance can be practiced by the most insignificant. Its silent power grows irresistible with time.
      - [Perseverance]

There is a transcendent power in example. We reform others unconsciously when we walk uprightly.
      - [Example]

There is an English song beginning, "Love knocks at the door." He knocks less often than he finds it open.
      - [Cupid]

There is nothing at all in life except what we put there.
      - [Life]

There is nothing steadfast in life but our memories. We are sure of keeping intact only that which we have lost.
      - [Memory]

There is, by God's grace, an immeasurable distance between late and too late.
      - [Procrastination]

Those who have suffered much are like those who know many languages; they have learned to understand and be understood by all.
      - [Adversity]

Those who make us happy are always thankful to us for being so. Their gratitude is the reward of their own benefits.
      - [Gratitude]

Time is a wave which never murmurs, because there is no obstacle to its flow.
      - [Time]

Time is the shower of Danae; each drop is golden.
      - [Time]

To have ideas is to gather flowers. To think is to weave them into garlands.
      - [Ideas]

To reveal imprudently the spot where we are most sensitive and vulnerable is to invite a blow. The demigod Achilles admitted no one to his confidence.
      - [Confidence]

True poets, like great artists, have scarcely any childhood, and no old age.
      - [Poetry]

Truth only is prolific. Error, sterile in itself, produces only by means of the portion of truth which it contains. It may have offspring, but the life which it gives, like that of the hybrid races, cannot be transmitted.
      - [Error]

Virtue is the daughter of Religion; Repentance, her adopted child,--a poor orphan who, without the asylum which she offers, would not know where to hide her sole treasure, her tears!
      - [Repentance]

We are all of us, in this world, more or less like St. January, whom the inhabitants of Naples worship one day, and pelt with baked apples the next.
      - [Fickleness]

We are always looking into the future, but we see only the past.
      - [Future]


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