The great charm of conversation consists less in the display of one’s own wit and intelligence than in the power to draw forth the resources of others.
Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.
A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
Physiognomy is not a guide that has been given us by which to judge of the character of men: it may only serve us for conjecture.[Fr., La physionomie n’est pas une regle qui nous soit donnee pour juger des hommes; elle nous peut servir de conjecture.]
To endeavor to forget anyone is a certain way of thinking of nothing else.
We must strive to make ourselves really worthy of some employment. We need pay no attention to anything else; the rest is the business of others.
The most accomplished literary work would be reduced to nothing by carping criticism, if the author would listen to all critics and allow every one to erase the passage which pleases him the least.
The finest pleasure is kindness to others.
Great things astonish us, and small dishearten us. Custom makes both familiar.
Most men spend the best part of their lives making the remaining part wretched.
The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.
The favor of princes does not preclude the existence of merit, and yet does not prove that it exists.[Fr., La faveur des princes n’exclut pas le merite, et ne le suppose pas aussi.]