What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.
To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech.
The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it.
We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one.
We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.