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JEAN-ANTOINE PETIT-SENN
French-Swiss lyric poet
(1792 - 1870)
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The politics of courtiers resemble their shadows; they cringe and turn with the sun of the day.
      - [Servility]

The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds.
      - [Motive]

The virtuous woman flees from danger; she trusts more to her prudence in shunning it than in her strength to overcome it.
      - [Prudence]

The weak-minded man is the slave of his vices and the dupe of his virtues.
      - [Weakness]

The wisest man may always learn something from the humblest peasant.
      - [Education]

The wonderful fortune of some writers deludes and leads to misery a great number of young people. It cannot be too often repeated that it is dangerous to enter upon a career of letters without some other means of living. An illustrious author has said in these times, "Literature must not be leant on as upon a crutch; it is little more than a stick."
      - [Authorship]

There are philanthropists who, incapable of managing their own little affairs, take upon themselves those of the whole world; but as their creditors always outnumber their disciples, they owe humanity more than she will ever owe them.
      - [Philanthropy]

There are some errors so sweet that we repent them only to bring them to memory.
      - [Error]

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one's dearest friends.
      - [Self-love]

There is a proverb in the South that a woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she pleases.
      - [Caprice]

There is certainly no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
      - [Loveliness]

There is no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
      - [Beauty]

Those virtues which cost us dear prove that we love God; those which are easy to us prove that He loves us.
      - [Conduct]

To endeavor to move by the same discourse hearers who differ in age, sex, position and education is to attempt to open all locks with the same key.
      - [Preaching]

To protect ourselves against the storms of passion, marriage with a woman is a harbor in the tempest; but with a bad woman it is a tempest in the harbor.
      - [Wedlock]

True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher.
      - [Courage]

We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred, nor envy; but, alas! what can we do when they never sleep!
      - [Hatred]

We find ourselves less witty in remembering what we have said than in dreaming of what we would have said.
      - [Wit]

We forget the origin of a parvenu if he remembers it; we remember it if he forgets it.
      - [Birth]

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.
      - [Pleasure]

What we gain by experience is not worth that we lose in illusion.
      - [Experience]

Without big words, how could many people say small things?
      - [Blustering]

Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex.
      - [Quarrels : Rivalry]


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