A pious man is one who would be an athiest if the king were.

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well nor the judgment to hold their tongues.

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.

All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.

Love and friendship exclude each other.

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present.

We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.

When a work lifts your spirits and inspires bold and noble thoughts in you, do not look for any other standard to judge by: the work is good, the product of a master craftsman.

Discourtesy does not spring merely from one bad quality, but from several--from foolish vanity, from ignorance of what is due to others, from indolence, from stupidity, from distraction of thought, from contempt of others, from jealousy.

A mediocre mind thinks it writes divinely; a good mind thinks it writes reasonably.

Out of difficulties grow miracles.

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as can help in making his fortune.

Two quite opposite qualities equally bias our minds - habits and novelty.

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present - which seldom happens to us.

Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other's little failings.

There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.