The fears of old age disturb us, yet how few attain it?
Men blush less for their crimes than for their weaknesses and vanity
A vain man finds his account in speaking good or evil of himself.
Out of difficulties grow miracles.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast.