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A husband is a plaster that cures all the ills of girlhood.
A learned fool is more foolish than an ignorant fool.
A wise man is superior to any insults which can be put upon him, and the best reply to unseemly behavior is patience and moderation.
All is wholesome in the absence of excess.
All the power is with the sex that wears the beard.
Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.
Debts are nowadays like children begot with pleasure, but brought forth in pain.
Deference and intimacy live far apart.
Every time I fill a vacant office I make ten malcontents and one ingrate.
- quoting Louis XIV, in Siecle de Louis Quatorze
He makes his cook his merit, and the world visits his dinners and not him.
I have been speaking prose without knowing it for more than forty years.
I prefer an interesting vice to a virtue that bores.
I take my property wherever I find it.
I would like to be like my father and all the rest of my ancestors who never married.
It disturbs me no more to find men base, unjust, or selfish than to see apes mischievous, wolves savage, or the vulture ravenous.
It infuriates me to be wrong when I know I'm right.
It is not alone what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
It is not only what we do, but also what we do not do, for which we are accountable.
Nothing can be fairer, or more noble, than the holy fervor of true zeal.
One must eat to live, not live to eat.
One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
Perfect good sense shuns all extremity, content to couple wisdom with sobriety.
- [Good Sense]
Perfect reason avoids all extremes.
She is like ivy, which grows beautifully so long as it twines round a tree, but is of no use when separated.
The art of flatterers is to take advantage of the foibles of the great, to foster their errors, and never to give advice which may annoy.
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