The passions possess a certain injustice and self interest which makes it dangerous to follow them, and in reality we should distrust them even when they appear most trustworthy.
Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation.
When we exaggerate our friends tenderness towards us, it is often less from gratitude than from a desire to exhibit our own virtue.
It is great cleverness to know when to conceal ones cleverness.
Too great cleverness is but deceptive delicacy, true delicacy is the most substantial cleverness.
There are people who in spite of their merit disgust us, and others who please us in spite of their faults.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing
Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
We sometimes imagine we hate flattery, but we only hate the way we are flattered.
The shame that arises from praise which we do not deserve often makes us do things we should otherwise never have attempted.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.