Politeness is the flower of humanity.
In bringing up a child, think of its old age.
Tenderness is the rest of passion.
Man is born with the faculty of speech. Who gives it to him? He who gives the bird its song.
Who ever has no fixed opinions has no constant feelings.
Moderation consists in being moved as angels are moved.
We do not do well except when we know where the best is and when we are assured that we have touched it and hold its power within us.
Today there are no more irreconcilable enmities, because there are no more disinterested emotions: that’s a good thing born from a bad thing.
The true character of epistolary style is playfulness and urbanity.
How many people eat, drink, and get married; buy, sell, and build; make contracts and attend to their fortune; have friends and enemies, pleasures and pains, are born, grow up, live and die – but asleep!
Every legitimate authority should respect its extent and its limits.
In order to be happy, think of the ills you have been spared.