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JEAN-ANTOINE PETIT-SENN
French-Swiss lyric poet
(1792 - 1870)
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A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant.
      - [Pedantry]

Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us.
      - [Adversity]

Age whitens hairs, but not sin.
      - [Sin]

An angry woman is vindictive beyond measure, and hesitates at nothing in her bitterness.
      - [Anger]

Another life, if it were not better than this, would be less a promise than a threat.
      - [Future]

Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others.
      - [Conscience]

Do not crowd the understanding; it can comprehend so much and no more. A pint pot will not contain the measure of a quart.
      - [Understanding]

Do you know a young and beautiful woman who is not ready to flirt--just a little?
      - [Flirting]

Doubt springs from the mind; faith is the daughter of the soul.
      - [Doubt]

Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
      - [Envy]

Every generous illusion of youth leaves a wrinkle as it departs. Experience is the successive disenchanting of the things of life; it is reason enriched with the heart's spoils.
      - [Illusion]

Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider's web when the flies are no longer there to be caught.
      - [Experience]

Genius, like a torch, shines less in the broad daylight of the present than in the night of the past.
      - [Genius]

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.
      - [Happiness]

How many wells of science there are in whose depths there is nothing but clear water!
      - [Science]

In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends.
      - [Heaven]

In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
      - [Charity]

In love we are not only liable to betray ourselves, but also the secrets of others.
      - [Secrecy]

It is easy to be virtuous in prospective.
      - [Virtue]

It is more pitiable once to have been rich than not to be rich now.
      - [Riches]

It is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others.
      - [Gossip]

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than to tolerate them.
      - [Faults]

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.
      - [Credulity]

Let us respect gray Lairs, but, above all, our own.
      - [Self-respect]

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue with bigots.
      - [Vehemence]


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