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Paris, a city of gaieties and pleasures, where four-fifths of the inhabitants die of grief. -- About Paris
Education must have two foundations --morality as a support for virtue, prudence as a defense for self against the vices of others. By letting the balance incline to the side of morality, you only make dupes or martyrs; by letting it incline to the other, you make calculating egoists.
It is commonly supposed that the art of pleasing is a wonderful aid in the pursuit of fortune; but the art of being bored is infinitely more successful.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
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