To esteem everything is to esteem nothing.
Solitude terrifies the soul at twenty.
- He's a wonderful talker, who has the art
- Of telling you nothing in a great harangue.
One should examine oneself for a very long time before thinking of condemning others.
- She shows her zeal in every holy place,
- But still she’s vain enough to paint her face.
Pure reason avoids extremes, and requires one to be wise in moderation.
- He makes his cook his merit,
- And the world visits his dinners and not him.
It is not reason that governs love.
- The more we love our friends, the less we flatter them;
- It is by excusing nothing that pure love shows itself.
Things are only worth what one makes them worth.
Doubts are more cruel than the worst of truths.
He who establishes his argument by noise and command shows that his reason is weak.
Anyone may be an honorable man, and yet write verse badly.
- If everyone were clothed with integrity,
- If every heart were just, frank, kindly,
- The other virtues would be well-nigh useless,
- Since their chief purpose is to make us bear with patience
- The injustice of our fellows.
It is a wonderful seasoning of all enjoyments to think of those we love.
- Betrayed and wronged in everything,
- I’ll flee this bitter world where vice is king,
- And seek some spot unpeopled and apart
- Where I’ll be free to have an honest heart.
One is easily fooled by that which one loves.
You are a fool in three letters, my son.
There is no rampart that will hold out against malice.
- Those whose conduct gives room for talk
- Are always the first to attack their neighbors.
If everyone were clothed with integrity, if every heart were just, frank, kindly, the other virtues would be well-nigh useless.
And knowing money is a root of evil, in Christian charity, he'd take away whatever things may hinder your salvation.
A woman always has her revenge ready.
Heaven forbids, it is true, certain gratifications, but there are ways and means of compounding such matters.
The envious will die, but envy never.
Although I am a pious man, I am not the less a man.
- To create a public scandal is what's wicked;
- To sin in private is not a sin.
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