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ANTOINE DE RIVAROL, COMTE DE RIVAROL
French journalist, critic, writer and epigrammatist
(1753 - 1801)
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Silence never yet betrayed any one!
      - [Silence]

Speech is external thought, and thought internal speech.
      - [Thought]

Tenderness is the infancy of love.
      - [Tenderness]

That which happens to the soil when it ceases to be cultivated by the social man happens to man himself when he foolishly forsakes society for solitude; the brambles grow up in his desert heart.
      - [Solitude]

The cunning tempter, by avoiding the grossness of vice, often silences objections.
      - [Vice]

The despotism of will in ideas is styled plan, project, character, obstinacy; its despotism in desires is called passion.
      - [Will]

The mischief of children is seldom actuated by malice; that of grown-up people always is.
      - [Mischief]

The modest man has everything to gain, and the arrogant man everything to lose; for modesty has always to deal with generosity, and arrogance with envy.
      - [Modesty]

The monuments of mutability.
      - [Ruins]

The most Civilized people are as near to barbarism as the most polished steel is to rust. Nations, like metals, have only a superficial brilliancy.
      - [Civilization]

The personal pronoun "I" should be the coat of arms of some individuals.
      - [Egotism]

The stampede of our self-possession.
      - [Panic]

The subtle sauce of malice is often indulged in by maidens of uncertain age, over their tea.
      - [Gossip]

The woman who too easily and ardently yielded her devotion will find that its vitality, like a bright fire, soon consumes itself.
      - [Devotion]

The world is governed by love,--self-love.
      - [Self-love]

There are some women who are flirts upon principle; they consider it their duty to make themselves as pleasing as possible to every one.
      - [Flirting]

There is even the dignity of vice.
      - [Dignity]

There is nothing so unready as readiness of wit.
      - [Wit]

To be ungrateful is to be unnatural. The head may be thus guilty, not the heart.
      - [Ingratitude]

To lose one's self in reverie, one must be either very happy, or very unhappy. Reverie is the child of extremes.
      - [Reverie]

True felicity consists of its own consciousness.
      - [Felicity]

Vices are often habits rather than passions.
      - [Vice]

Women read each other at a single glance.
      - [Eyes]

Wrong is wrong; no fallacy can hide it, no subterfuge cover it so shrewdly but that the All-Seeing One will discover and punish it.
      - [Wrong]

Youth is not the era of wisdom; let us therefore have due consideration.
      - [Youth]


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