Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.
Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.
The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.
The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate.
There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.
There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history.
Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.
Nature never said to me: Do not be poor; still less did she say: Be rich; her cry to me was always: Be independent.
Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyse before we can live happily in this world.
There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.
The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.
There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.
One must not hope to be more than one can be.
Conviction is the conscience of the mind.
Celebrity is the advantage of being known to people who we don't know, and who don't know us.
Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.
The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.
Man arrives as a novice at each age of his life.
Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.