One must not hope to be more than one can be.
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
Change of fashion is the tax levied by the industry of the poor on the vanity of the rich.
Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.
If it were not for the government, we should have nothing to laugh at in France.
Man may aspire to virtue, but he cannot reasonably aspire to truth.
Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
Most of those who make collections of verse or epigram are like men eating cherries or oysters: they choose out the best at first, and end by eating all.
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.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
Most books today seemed to have been written overnight from books read the day before.
Do you think that revolutions are made with rose water?