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OLD FRENCH SAYING

A wise man reflects before he speaks; a fool speaks, and then reflects on what he has uttered.
      - [Talking]

Ignorant people are to be caught by the ears as one catches a pot by the handle.
      - [Credulity]

Misfortunes are, in morals, what bitters are in medicine: each is at first disagreeable; but as the bitters act as corroborants to the stomach, so adversity chastens and ameliorates the disposition.
      - [Misfortune]

Politeness is the art of rendering to every one, without effort, that which is socially his due.
      - [Politeness]

Speak little and well, if you wish to be considered as possessing merit.
      - [Conversation]

The conqueror is regarded with awe, the wise man commands our esteem, but it is the benevolent man who wins our affections.
      - [Benevolence]

The happiness of the human race in this world does not consist in our being devoid of passions, but in our learning to command them.
      - [Happiness]

The passions act as winds to propel our vessel, our reason is the pilot that steers her; without the winds she would not move, without the pilot she would be lost.
      - [Passion]

We are never rendered so ridiculous by qualities which we possess, as by those which we aim at, or affect to have.
      - [Affectation]

When a man finds not repose in himself it is in vain for him to seek it elsewhere.
      - [Repose]


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