God often visits us, but most of the time we are not at home.— Philibert Joseph Roux
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When orators and auditors have the same prejudices, those prejudices run a great risk of being made to stand for incontestable truths.
We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan;
and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.
Solitude vivifies, isolation kills.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite impressions.
There is a slowness in affairs which ripens them, and a slowness which rots them.
A fine quotation is a diamond in the hand of a man of wit and a pebble in the hand of a fool.
Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad.
Literature was formerly an art and finance a trade; today it is the reverse.
What is slander? A verdict of "guilty" pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defence or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge.
When unhappy, one doubts everything when happy one doubts nothing.
Lofty mountains are full of springs; great hearts are full of tears.
The orator is the mouth (os) of a nation.
Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness.
Education, properly understood, is that which teaches discernment.
Have friends, not for the sake of receiving, but of giving.
Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
The vital air of friendship is composed of confidence.
Friendship perishes in proportion as this air diminishes.
What is experience? A poor little hut constructed from the ruins of the palace of gold and marble called our illusions.
We distrust our heart too much, and our head not enough.
The egoist does not tolerate egoism.
What is love? two souls and one flesh; friendship? two bodies and one soul.
A face which is always serene possesses a mysterious and powerful attraction: sad hearts come to it as to the sun to warm themselves again.
Not all of those to whom we do good love us, neither do all those to whom we do evil hate us.
That which we know is but little; that which we have a presentiment of is immense; it is in this direction that the poet outruns the learned man.
The philosopher spends in becoming a man the time which the ambitious man spends in becoming a personage.
Present unhappiness is selfish; past sorrow is compassionate.
Experience comprises illusions lost, rather than wisdom gained.
Evil often triumphs, but never conquers.
The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another.
Friendship admits of difference of character, as love does that of sex.
Persons of delicate taste endure stupid criticism better than they do stupid praise.
We want our friend as a man of talent, less because he has talent than because he is our friend.
Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted;
say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word.
Great souls are harmonious.
To love is to choose.
It is a very rare thing for a man of talent to succeed by his talent.
There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth;
and there are those who cry to show their good hearts.
The chief cause of our misery is less the violence of our passions than the feebleness of our virtues.
Generosity is more charitable than wealth.
Morality is the fruit of religion: to desire the former without the latter is to desire an orange without an orange-tree.
As long as we love, we lend to the beloved object qualities of mind and heart which we deprive him of when the day of misunderstanding arrives.
Nothing vivifies, and nothing kills, like the emotions.
The happiness which is lacking makes one think even the happiness one has unbearable.
God is a shower to the heart burned up with grief; God is a sun to the face deluged with tears.
Success causes us to be more praised than known.
Friendship is the ideal; friends are the reality; reality always remains far apart from the ideal.
The city does not take away, neither does the country give, solitude; solitude is within us.
I look at what I have not and think myself unhappy; others look at what I have and think me happy.