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A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.
Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person
A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one which we take the least thought to acquire.
Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one- as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. (Maxims)
Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, in which the heart attaches itself successively to each of the lover's qualities, giving preference now to one, now to another.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blow up the bonfire.
Ah, Hope what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.
The pleasure of love is in the loving and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.
To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.
We do not regret the loss of our friends by reasons of their merit, but because of our needs and for the good opinion that we believed them to have held of us.
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