We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
Jealousy is always born with love, but does not always die with it.
True bravery is shown by performing without witness what one might be capable of doing before all the world!
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice renders to virtue.
Some hypocrites and seeming mortified men, that held down their heads, were like the little images that they place in the very bowing of the vaults of churches, that look as if they held up the church, but are but puppets.
We are never so ridiculous from the habits we have as from those we affect to have
We have few faults that are not more excusable in themselves than are the means which we use to conceal them.
Narrowness of mind is often the cause of obstinacy; we do not easily believe beyond what we see.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrusts himself.
Great names degrade instead of elevating those who know not how to sustain them.
Female gossips are generally actuated by active ignorance.
Idleness is more an infirmity of the mind than of the body.
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we despise all those who have not a single virtue.