There is something great and terrible about suicide.
An unfulfilled vocation drains the color from a man's entire existence.
Woman is closer to angels than man because she knows how to mingle an infinite tenderness with the most absolute compassion.
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Prostitution and robbery are two living protests, respectively female and male, made by the natural state against the social state.
Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Poverty is a divine stepmother who does for youths what their own mothers were unable to do. It introduces them to frugality, to the world and to life.
A man's own vanity is a swindler that never lacks for a dupe.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
A young bride is like a plucked flower; but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.