Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
Vanity, shame, and above all disposition, often make men brave and women chaste.
Nature has concealed at the bottom of our minds talents and abilities of which we are not aware.
The intention of cheating no one lays us open to being cheated ourselves.
There are no accidents so unlucky from which clever people are not able to reap some advantage, and none so lucky that the foolish are not able to turn them to their own disadvantage.
Ordinary men commonly condemn what is beyond them.
Friendship is a traffic wherein self-love always proposes to be the gainer.
Imagination could never invent the number of different contradictions that exist innately in each person’s heart.
Moderation is like sobriety: you would like to have some more, but are afraid of making yourself ill.
Nothing ought more to humiliate men who have merited great praise than the care they still take to boast of little things.
To praise princes for virtues they do not possess is to insult them without fear of consequences.