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A heap of epithets is poor praise: the praise lies in the facts, and in the way of telling them.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - which seldom happens to us.
Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.
Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it.
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
Making a book is a craft, like making a clock; it needs more than native wit to be an author.
That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as can help in making his fortune.
The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.
There are only two ways by which to rise in this world, either by one's own industry or by the stupidity of others.
There are three great events in our lives: birth, life and death. Of birth we have no conscience; with death, we suffer; and, concerning life, we forget to live it.
To be among people one loves, that's sufficient; to dream, to speak to them, to be silent among them, to think of indifferent things; but among them, everything is equal.
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