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MADAME ANNE SOPHIE SWETCHINE (SOIMONOFF)
Russian-French writer
(1782 - 1857)
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A malicious enemy is better than a clumsy friend.
      - [Enemies]

All the joys of earth will not assuage our thirst for happiness; while a single grief suffices to shroud life in a sombre veil, and smite it with nothingness at all points.
      - [Grief]

America has begun her career at the culminating point of life, as Adam did at the age of thirty.
      - [America]

Antiquity is a species of aristocracy with which it is not easy to be on visiting terms.
      - [Antiquity]

As we advance in life the circle of our pains enlarges, while that of our pleasures contracts.
      - [Age]

Conscience is, at once, the sweetest and most troublesome of guests. It is the voice which demanded Abel of his brother, or that celestial harmony which vibrated in the ears of the martyrs, and soothed their sufferings.
      - [Conscience]

Consolation heaps without contact; somewhat like the blessed air which we need but to breathe.
      - [Consolation]

Death is the justification of all the ways of the Christian, the last end of all his sacrifices, the touch of the Great Master which completes the picture.
      - [Good Friday]

Everybody has enemies. To have an enemy is quite another thing. One must be somebody in order to have an enemy. One must be a force before be can be resisted by another force.
      - [Enemies]

Faith, amid the disorders of a sinful life, is like the lamp burning in an ancient tomb.
      - [Faith]

Feeling loves a subdued light.
      - [Sensibility]

Friendship is like those ancient altars where the unhappy, and even the guilty, found a sure asylum.
      - [Friendship]

God has prohibited despair.
      - [Despair]

God Himself allows certain faults; and often we say, "I have deserved to err; I have deserved to be ignorant."
      - [Faults]

He who has ceased to enjoy his friend's superiority has ceased to love him.
      - [Friends]

He who has never denied himself for the sake of giving has but glanced at the joys of charity. We owe our superfluity, and to be happy in the performance of our duty we must exceed it.
      - [Charity]

How can that gift leave a trace which has left no void?
      - [Gifts]

How easy it is to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success!
      - [Amiability]

How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
      - [Amiability]

I can understand the things that afflict mankind, but I often marvel at God those which console. An atom may wound, but God alone can heal.
      - [God]

I like people to be saints; but I want them to be first and superlatively honest men.
      - [Honesty]

I love victory, but I love not triumph.
      - [Victory]

I study much, and the more I study, the oftener I go back to those first principles which are so simple that childhood itself can lisp them.
      - [Study]

If grief is to be mitigated, it must either wear itself out or be shared.
      - [Sorrow]

If it were ever allowable to forget what is due to superiority of rank, it would be when the privileged themselves remember it.
      - [Pride : Rank]


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