You are not very good if you are not better than your best friends imagine you to be.
Who makes quick use of the moment is a genius of prudence.
What do I owe to my times, to my country, to my neighbors, to my friends? Such are the questions which a virtuous man ought often to ask himself.
There are many kinds of smiles, each having a distinct character. Some announce goodness and sweetness, others betray sarcasm, bitterness and pride; some soften the countenance by their languishing tenderness, others brighten by their spiritual vivacity.
The prudent see only the difficulties, the bold only the advantages, of a great enterprise; the hero sees both; diminishes the former and makes the latter preponderate, and so conquers.
He, who cannot forgive a trespass of malice to his enemy, has never yet tasted the most sublime enjoyment of love.
Call him wise whose actions, words, and steps are all a clear because to a clear why.
Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.
Airs of importance are the credentials of impotence.