We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
We should manage our fortune as we do our health - enjoy it when good, be patient when it is bad, and never apply violent remedies except in an extreme necessity.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
Jealousy lives upon doubts, it becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
The height of ability in the least able consists in knowing how to submit to the good leadership of others.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
To listen closely and reply well is the highest perfection we are able to attain in the art of conversation.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.