A useless life is an early death.
Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.
Who is the wisest man? He who neither knows or wishes for anything else than what happens.
The public wishes itself to be managed like a woman; one must say nothing to it except what it likes to hear
Do not give in too much to feelings. A overly sensitive heart is an unhappy possession on this shaky earth.
“A vain man can never be utterly ruthless: he wants to win applause and therefore he accommodates himself to others”
One can be very happy without demanding that others agree with them.
A collection of anecdotes and maxims is the greatest of treasures for the man of the world, for he knows how to intersperse conversation with the former in fit places, and to recollect the latter on proper occasions.
A noble person attracts noble people, and knows how to hold on to them.
People do not mind their faults being spread out before them, but they become impatient if called on to give them up.
A man does not mind being blamed for his faults, and being punished for them, and he patiently suffers much for them; but he becomes impatient if he is required to give them up.
All intelligent thoughts have already been thought; what is necessary is only to try to think them again.
Let everyone sweep in front of his own door, and the whole world will be clean.
It is only in misery that we recognize the hand of God leading good men to good.
Wherever a man may happen to turn, whatever a man may undertake, he will always end up by returning to the path which nature has marked out for him.