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JEAN-ANTOINE PETIT-SENN
French-Swiss lyric poet
(1792 - 1870)
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Many fortunes, like rivers, have a pure source, but grow muddy as they grow large.
      - [Fortune]

Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.
      - [Honesty]

No woman dares express all she thinks.
      - [Timidity]

None despise fame more heartily than those who have no possible claim to it.
      - [Fame]

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
      - [Abundance]

Of all trifles, titles are the lightest.
      - [Titles]

Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening.
      - [Interest]

Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.
      - [Virtue]

People who declare that they belong to no party certainly do not belong to ours.
      - [Politics]

Perfect servants would be the worst of all for certain masters, whose happiness consists in finding fault with them.
      - [Servants]

Pleasure and satiety live next door to each other.
      - [Satiety]

Pleasure limps for him. who enjoys it alone.
      - [Pleasure]

Promises retain men better than services; for hope is to them a chain, and gratitude a thread.
      - [Promises]

Public opinion is a courtesan, whom we seek to please without respecting.
      - [Popularity]

Rage is a short-lived fury.
      - [Rage]

Religion is the hospital of the souls that the world has wounded.
      - [Religion]

Some delicate matters must be treated like pins, because if they are not seized by the right end, we get pricked.
      - [Discretion]

That experience which does not make us better makes us worse.
      - [Experience]

That prudery which survives youth and beauty resembles a scarecrow left in the fields after harvest.
      - [Prudery]

The grave is a crucible where memory is purified; we only remember a dead friend by those qualities which make him regretted.
      - [Graves]

The great chastisement of a knave is not to be known, but to know himself.
      - [Conscience]

The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.
      - [Happiness]

The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.
      - [Hatred]

The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
      - [Power]

The most exacting jailer is our own conscience.
      - [Conscience]


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