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J. De Finod, comp.  A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness.  1886.
 
Nos. 800–1199
 
A BEAUTIFUL woman with the qualities of a noble man is the most perfect thing in nature: we find in her all the merits of both sexes.
La Bruyère.    
  800
 
  Time sooner or later vanquishes love; friendship alone subdues time.
Mme. d’Arconville.    
  801
 
  Poverty destroys pride. It is difficult for an empty bag to stand upright.
A. Dumas fils.    
  802
 
  To know how to be silent is more difficult, and more profitable, than to know how to speak.
Fée.    
  803
 
  Little minds are vexed with trifles.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  804
 
  From a confidence to an indiscretion, there is only the distance between the ear and the tongue.
Pichot.    
  805
 
  Excess and violence are the greatest outrages against liberty.
Villemain.    
  806
 
  To drink without thirst, to make love without cessation: this is what distinguishes us from the lower animals.
Beaumarchais (“Mariage de Figaro”).    
  807
 
  The absurd man is the man who never changes.
Belmontet.    
  808
 
  Honor immortalizes more than glory.
Lesguillon.    
  809
 
  In love, one is cured of one illusion by another.  810
 
  The soul of the poet is the mirror of the world.  811
 
  The heart that had never loved was the first atheist.
L. S. Mercier.    
  812
 
  We have not always sufficient strength to employ all our reason.
Mme. de Grignan.    
  813
 
  We have not always enough reason to employ all our strength.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  814
 
  The love of woman is a precious treasure. Tenderness has no deeper source than the heart of woman; devotion no purer shrine; sacrifice no more saint-like abnegation.
Sainte-Foix.    
  815
 
  Woman is the organ of the devil.
St. Bernard.    
  816
 
  Creation lives, grows, and multiplies: man is but a witness.
Victor Hugo.    
  817
 
  He who allows his happiness to depend too much on reason, who submits his pleasures to examination, and desires enjoyments only of the most refined nature, too often ends by not having any at all.
Chamfort.    
  818
 
  The man who can govern a woman can govern a nation.
Balzac.    
  819
 
  A homely man of merit is never repulsive: as soon as he is named, his physique is forgotten; the mind passes through it to see the soul.
Romainville.    
  820
 
  The best victory is to vanquish one’s heart.
Mme. de Saint-Surin.    
  821
 
  Good actions are the invisible hinges of the doors of heaven.
Victor Hugo.    
  822
 
  A man without patience is a lamp without oil.
A. de Musset.    
  823
 
  I confess I should be glad if my pleasures were as pleasing to God as they are to me: in that case, I should often find matter for rejoicing.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  824
 
  Coquetry is a continual lie, which renders a woman more contemptible and more dangerous than a courtesan who never lies.
De Varennes.    
  825
 
  Nature needs little; opinion exacts much.  826
 
  A woman should never accept a lover without the consent of her heart, nor a husband without the consent of her judgment.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  827
 
  At twenty, every one is republican.
Lamartine.    
  828
 
  Marriage is often but ennui for two.
Commerson.    
  829
 
  Love without esteem can not reach far, nor rise very high: it is an angel with but one wing.
A. Dumas fils.    
  830
 
  The mistakes of woman result almost always from her faith in the good, and her confidence in the truth.
Balzac.    
  831
 
  One does not reason with his heart: one either breaks it, or yields to it.
Rochepèdre.    
  832
 
  It is only the coward who reproaches as a dishonor the love a woman has cherished for him, since she can not retaliate by making a dishonor of his love for her.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  833
 
  Woman has a smile for every joy, a tear for every sorrow, a consolation for every grief, an excuse for every fault, a prayer for every misfortune, and encouragement for every hope.
Sainte-Foix.    
  834
 
  True love is rare; true friendship, still rarer.
La Fontaine.    
  835
 
  Illusion is the first of all pleasures.
Voltaire.    
  836
 
  Love is superior to genius.
A. de Musset.    
  837
 
  A weapon is anything that can serve to wound; and sentiments are perhaps the most cruel weapons man can employ to wound his fellow man.
Balzac.    
  838
 
  To correct the faults of man, we address the head; to correct those of woman, we address the heart.
Beauchéne.    
  839
 
  All our days travel toward death: the last one reaches it.
Montaigne.    
  840
 
  As soon as we have learned how to live, we must die.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  841
 
  Animals feed, men eat; but only men of intelligence know how to eat.
Brillat-Savarin.    
  842
 
  The science of Nature initiates the human mind into the secret thoughts of Divinity.
Mme. d’Agoult.    
  843
 
  It is difficult to repent of what gives us pleasure.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  844
 
  Life is a narrow road full of encumbrances.
Soulary.    
  845
 
  To know how to wait is the great secret of success.
De Maistre.    
  846
 
  A woman who plays with the love of a loyal man is a curse; she may close his heart for ever against all confidence in her sex.  847
 
  Men are still children at sixty.
Aubert.    
  848
 
  Everything that totters does not fall.
Montesquieu.    
  849
 
  A woman is more influenced by what she divines than by what she is told.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  850
 
  Society is but the contest of a thousand little opposite interests—an eternal contest between all the vanities that clash with each other, wounded, humiliated the one by the other, and which expiate to-morrow in the disgust of a defeat the triumph of to-day. To live in solitude, to avoid being crushed in the surging throng, is what the world calls being a nonentity—to have no existence. Poor, miserable humanity!
Chamfort.    
  851
 
  Love, that seldom gives us happiness, at least makes us dream of it.
Sénancourt.    
  852
 
  To hope is to enjoy.
Saint-Lambert.    
  853
 
  Weak souls are capable of only weak sentiments; strong souls of powerful sentiments.
Balzac.    
  854
 
  A coquette is more occupied with the homage we refuse her, than with that we bestow upon her.
A. Dupuy.    
  855
 
  Woman is the most precious jewel taken from Nature’s casket, for the ornamentation and happiness of man.
Guyard.    
  856
 
  No one perfectly loves God who does not perfectly love some of his creatures.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  857
 
  We seldom confide a secret: it escapes us.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  858
 
  We should be above jealousy when there is real cause for it.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  859
 
  Men are the cause of women’s dislike for each other.
La Bruyère.    
  860
 
  There are strange coincidences in life: they occur so ô propos that the strongest minds are impressed, and ask if that mysterious and inexorable fatality in which the ancients believed, is not really the law that governs the world.
Alfred Mercier.    
  861
 
  To educate a man is to form an individual who leaves nothing behind him; to educate a woman is to form future generations.
E. Laboulaye.    
  862
 
  A husband is always a sensible man: he never thinks of marrying.
A. Dumas père.    
  863
 
  One expresses well only the love he does not feel.
A. Karr.    
  864
 
  Women are women but to become mothers: they go to duty through pleasure.
Joubert.    
  865
 
  To render a marriage happy, the husband should be deaf and the woman blind.
Proverb.    
  866
 
  In observing the world’s movements, the most melancholy man would become merry, and Heraclitus would die of laughter.
Chamfort.    
  867
 
  Self-love was born before love.  868
 
  None are less eager to learn than they who know nothing.
Suard.    
  869
 
  In courting women, many dry wood for a fire that will not burn for them.
Balzac.    
  870
 
  There is a power a hundred times more powerful than that of bayonets: it is the power of ideas.
Chevalier.    
  871
 
  Those who feign love succeed better than those who truly love.  872
 
  Everybody gives advice: some listen to it; none apply it.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  873
 
  Nothing has ever remained of any revolution, but what was ripe in the conscience of the masses.
Ledru-Rollin.    
  874
 
  It is the opinion of men that makes the reputation of women.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  875
 
  All the countries of our globe have been discovered, all the seas have been furrowed: nothing remains to traverse but the heavens.
Baron Taylor.    
  876
 
  We often console ourselves for being unhappy by a certain pleasure that we find in appearing so.
De Barthélemy.    
  877
 
  He who has no character is not a man: he is a thing.
Chamfort.    
  878
 
  Circumstances that render us frail, only show how frail we are.
Mme. de Choiseul.    
  879
 
  The life of poets—love and tears.
Mme. Desbordes-Valmore.    
  880
 
  Trust your dog to the end; a woman—till the first opportunity.
Proverb.    
  881
 
  All that is enviable is not bought: love, genius, beauty, are divine gifts that the richest can not acquire.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  882
 
  To love is a rare happiness; if it were common, it would be better to be a man than a god.
Mme. du Châtelet.    
  883
 
  A girl of sixteen accepts love; a woman of thirty incites it
A. Ricard.    
  884
 
  Too much effort to increase our happiness transforms it into misery.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  885
 
  It is useless to have youth without beauty, or beauty without youth.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  886
 
  Nature makes fools; women make coxcombs.  887
 
  In jealousy there is usually more self-love than love.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  888
 
  A fan is indispensable to a woman who can no longer blush.  889
 
  There is a woman at the bottom of all great things.
Lamartine.    
  890
 
  If love gives wit to fools, it undoubtedly takes it from wits.
A. Karr.    
  891
 
  To give birth to a desire, to nourish it, to develop it, to increase it, to irritate it, to satisfy it: this is a whole poem.
Balzac.    
  892
 
  Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.
Chamfort.    
  893
 
  An old coquette has all the defects of a young one, and none of her charms.
A. Dupuy.    
  894
 
  In love, as in everything else, experience is a physician who never comes until after the disorder is cured.
Mme. de la Tour.    
  895
 
  The mistake of many women is to return sentiment for gallantry.
Jouy.    
  896
 
  Though vices repel, they do not always separate us from those we love.
Mme. de Rieux.    
  897
 
  Sorrow is a torch that lights life.  898
 
  It is not love that ruins us; it is the way we make it.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  899
 
  Sentiment is never lascivious.
Mirabeau.    
  900
 
  O youth! ephemeral song, eternal canticle! The world may end, the heavens fall, yet loving voices would still find an echo in the ruins of the universe!
Jules Janin.    
  901
 
  If as much care were taken to perpetuate a race of fine men as is done to prevent the mixture of ignoble blood in horses and dogs, the genealogy of every one would be written on his face and displayed in his manners.
Voltaire.    
  902
 
  Pleasure is the reward of moderation.  903
 
  We finish by excusing our faults, but we always blush at our blunders.  904
 
  Politeness is the curb that holds our worser selves in check.
Mme. de Bassanville.    
  905
 
  What man seeks in love is woman; what woman seeks in man is love.
A. Houssaye.    
  906
 
  Intellectual progress, separated from moral progress, gives a fearful result: a being possessing nothing but brains.
A. de Gasparin.    
  907
 
  The present is withered by our wishes for the future; we ask for more air, more light, more space, more fields, a larger home. Ah! does one need so much room to love a day, and then to die?
E. Souvestre.    
  908
 
  Success resembles a generous wine which begins by exciting the intellectual faculties, and ends by plunging us into a stupid intoxication.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  909
 
  One is alone in a crowd when one suffers, or when one loves.
Rochepèdre.    
  910
 
  The world is satisfied with words: few care to dive beneath the surface.
Pascal.    
  911
 
  All the passions die with the years; self-love alone never dies.
Voltaire.    
  912
 
  Before wondering at the degradation of a soul, one should know what blows it has received, and what it has suffered from its own grandeur.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  913
 
  In love, as in war, a fortress that parleys is half taken.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  914
 
  The life of a woman can be divided into three epochs: in the first she dreams of love, in the second she experiences it, in the third she regrets it.
Saint-Prosper.    
  915
 
  Friendship is the highest degree of perfection in society.
Montaigne.    
  916
 
  Poetry is the music of the soul.
Voltaire.    
  917
 
  The public! the public! How many fools does it take to make up a public?
Chamfort.    
  918
 
  To know man, borrow the ear of the blind and the eye of the deaf.
Lavater.    
  919
 
  Marriage in our days?—I would almost say that it is a rape by contract.
Michelet.    
  920
 
  A woman’s friendship is, as a rule, the legacy of love or the alms of indifference.  921
 
  To be virtuous, it does not suffice to will it.
La Beaumelle.    
  922
 
  Discouragement is of all ages: in youth it is a presentiment, in old age a remembrance.
Balzac.    
  923
 
  It is strange that all great men should have some little grain of madness mingled with whatever genius they possess.
Molière.    
  924
 
  Society is the book of women.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  925
 
  One of the greatest of human sufferings is to ask of one’s self: Does God exist?
Erckmann-Chatrian.    
  926
 
  In a free country there is much clamor with little suffering; in a despotic state there is little complaint, but much grievance.
Carnot.    
  927
 
  There are some people whose morals are only in the piece: they never make a coat.
Joubert.    
  928
 
  Prospective happiness! it is perhaps the only real happiness in the world.
A. de Musset.    
  929
 
  Woman is the nervous part of humanity; man, the muscular.
Hallé.    
  930
 
  A woman whose great beauty eclipses all others is seen with as many different eyes as there are people who look at her. Pretty women gaze with envy, homely women with spite, old men with regret, young men with transport.
D’ Argens.    
  931
 
  The heart has reasons that reason does not understand.
Bossuet.    
  932
 
  Our illusions fall one after the other like the parings of fruit: the fruit is experience; its savor may be bitter, still it contains something that strengthens.
G. de Nerval.    
  933
 
  Discouragement is a passion, the most dangerous of all: it takes from us all our arms, all our forces, and abandons us without pity to the snares of voluptuousness.
Alfred Mercier.    
  934
 
  Hope and fear are inseparable.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  935
 
  O love! only a few rays of thy sacred fire radiate in this exhausted world!
Voltaire.    
  936
 
  We are for the most part but the contemporaries of happiness. It is spoken of about us, but we die without having known it.
O. Firmez.    
  937
 
  How much one must have suffered to be weary even of hope!
Pauline.    
  938
 
  Taste is the tact of the mind.
Boufflers.    
  939
 
  We easily hate those whom we have given cause to hate us.
Mme. de Lussan.    
  940
 
  Dishonesty is the root of discussion.
Roqueplan.    
  941
 
  By work of the mind one secures the repose of the heart.
Jaucourt.    
  942
 
  Silence is the wit of fools, and one of the virtues of the wise.
Bonnard.    
  943
 
  Philosophy, well understood, is an excellent road to heaven.
Chastel.    
  944
 
  If you would make a pair of good shoes, take for the sole the tongue of a woman: it never wears out.
Alsatian Proverb.    
  945
 
  Friendship is impossible between men of high social standing and men in the lower walks of life; very difficult between a young man and a young woman; between two beautiful women, it is but a poetic fiction.  946
 
  Our happiness in this world depends chiefly on the affections we are able to inspire.
Mme. de Praslin.    
  947
 
  Hypocrisy is permanent treason.  948
 
  When women have passed thirty, the first thing they forget is their age; when they have attained forty, they have entirely lost the remembrance of it.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  949
 
  To love, or not to love, is not left to our will.
Corneille.    
  950
 
  Sow good services; sweet remembrances will grow from them.
Mme. de Staël.    
  951
 
  A lover is a man who endeavors to be more amiable than it is possible for him to be: this is the reason why almost all lovers are ridiculous.
Chamfort.    
  952
 
  Some women have in the course of their lives a double engagement to sustain, equally difficult to break or to dissimulate: in one case the contract is wanting, in the other the heart.
La Bruyère.    
  953
 
  A marriageable girl is a kind of merchandise that can be negotiated at wholesale, only on condition that no one takes a part at retail.
A. Karr.    
  954
 
  Libertines are hideous spiders, that often catch pretty butterflies.
Diderot.    
  955
 
  There may be as much courage displayed in enduring with resignation the sufferings of the soul, as in remaining firm under the showers of shot from a battery.
Napoleon I.    
  956
 
  There are persons who do not know how to waste their time alone, and hence become the scourge of busy people.
De Bonald.    
  957
 
  Man spends his life in reasoning on the past, in complaining of the present, and in trembling for the future.
Rivarol.    
  958
 
  There is no sweeter repose than that which is bought with labor.
Chamfort.    
  959
 
  All religions are more or less mixed with superstitions. Man is not reasonable enough to content himself with a pure and sensible religion, worthy of the Deity.
Voltaire.    
  960
 
  If we think, we must act.
Desmahis.    
  961
 
  Servitude debases man to a degree that leads him to love it.
Vauvenargues.    
  962
 
  When one runs after wit, he is sure to catch nonsense.
Montesquieu.    
  963
 
  Politeness costs little and yields much.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  964
 
  Whoever flatters betrays.
Massillon.    
  965
 
  Compliment is the high-road to the heart of woman.
Champcenest.    
  966
 
  Love is a disorder that has three stages: desire, possession, satiety.
Sénac de Meilhan.    
  967
 
  Life is a dream; death, an awakening.
La Beaumelle.    
  968
 
  To marry is solemnly to submit one’s liberty to law, and one’s welfare to caprice.  969
 
  What is it that renders friendship between women so lukewarm and of so short duration? It is the interests of love and the jealousy of conquest.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  970
 
  Love is like the moon: when it does not increase, it decreases.
Ségur.    
  971
 
  When we think of the tenderness, of the solicitude, of the protection, of the grace, of the charm, of the happiness, or at least of the consolation that woman brings to the life of man, one is tempted to speak to her only with uncovered head, and bowed knee.
L. Desnoyers.    
  972
 
  There is in all of us an obstacle to perfect happiness, which is weariness of the things we possess, and the desire for the things we have not.
Mme. de Rieux.    
  973
 
  There is nothing in love but what we imagine.
Sainte-Beuve.    
  974
 
  Marriage is a romance until the book is open. True, the preface is sometimes amusing, but it never lasts long, and it is always deceptive.
Poincelot.    
  975
 
  There are no unions that have not their dark days; but, when we have loved each other, we remember it always, and those sweet remembrances, that the heart accumulates, survive love like twilight.  976
 
  The discovery of truth by slow, progressive meditation is talent. Intuition of the truth, not preceded by perceptible meditation, is genius.
Lavater.    
  977
 
  In love, a woman is like a lyre that surrenders its secrets only to the hand that knows how to touch its strings.
Balzac.    
  978
 
  There are in the world circumstances which give us for masters men of whom we would not make our valets.
Mme. Roland.    
  979
 
  The loves of some people are but the result of good suppers.
Chamfort.    
  980
 
  Happiness may have but one night, as glory but one day.
A. de Musset.    
  981
 
  Every woman carries in the depths of her soul a mysterious weapon, instinct—that virgin instinct, incorruptible, which requires her neither to learn, to reason, nor to know, which binds the strong will of man, dominates his sovereign reason, and pales our little scientific tapers.  982
 
  To speak of love is to make love.
Balzac.    
  983
 
  Women are rakes by nature and prudes from necessity.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  984
 
  Love is the most terrible, and also the most generous, of the passions: it is the only one that includes in its dreams the happiness of some one else.
A. Karr.    
  985
 
  To judge of the real importance of an individual, one should think of the effect his death would produce.
Lévis.    
  986
 
  Those who always speak well of women do not know them enough; those who always speak ill of them do not know them at all.
Pigault-Lebrun.    
  987
 
  I admire her who resists; I pity her who succumbs; I hate her who condemns.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  988
 
  Woman is an overgrown child that one amuses with toys, intoxicates with flattery, and seduces with promises.
Mme. Sophie Arnould.    
  989
 
  Pride is the consciousness of what one is, without contempt for others.
Sénac de Meilhan.    
  990
 
  It is not so much for love of the world that we seek it, as to escape our own companionship.  991
 
  Mediocre people fear exaltation for the harm that may result from it; though it is something that can not be communicated to them.
Mme. de Krudener.    
  992
 
  Distrust him who talks much of his honesty.
Dussaulx.    
  993
 
  It is rare that, after having given the key of her heart, a woman does not change the lock the day after.
Sainte-Beuve.    
  994
 
  Conscience is a sacred sanctuary, where God alone has the right to enter as judge.
Lamennais.    
  995
 
  The heart of youth is reached through the senses; the senses of age are reached through the heart.
Rétif de la Bretonne.    
  996
 
  Women go further in love than most men, but men go further in friendship than women.
La Bruyère.    
  997
 
  Indolence is the sleep of the mind.
Vauvenargues.    
  998
 
  There are only two beautiful things in the world—women and roses; and only two sweet things—women and melons.
Malherbe.    
  999
 
  Coquetry is a net laid by the vanity of woman to ensnare that of man.
Bruis.    
  1000
 
  In love, one who ceases to be rich begins to be poor.
Chamfort.    
  1001
 
  Society depends upon women. The nations who confine them are unsociable.
Voltaire.    
  1002
 
  The human soul needs to be mated to develop all its value.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1003
 
  Man can not live exclusively by intelligence and self-love.
Alfred Mercier.    
  1004
 
  To remember—to forget: alas! this is what makes us young or old.
A. de Musset.    
  1005
 
  One loves wholly but once—the first time: loves that follow are less involuntary.
La Bruyère.    
  1006
 
  What the devil can not, women do.
Proverb.    
  1007
 
  Don Quixote is, after all, the defender of the oppressed, the champion of lost causes, and the man of noble aberrations. Woe to the centuries without Don Quixotes! Nothing remains to them but Sancho Panzas.
A. de Gasparin.    
  1008
 
  It is never the opinions of others that displease us, but the pertinacity they display in obtruding them upon us.
Joubert.    
  1009
 
  Taste is the microscope of the judgment.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1010
 
  Without woman the two extremities of life would be without succor, and the middle without pleasure.  1011
 
  “I am young; I have passed but the half of the road of life, and, already weary, I turn and look back!”
A. de Musset.    
  1012
 
  It is chance that makes brothers, but hearts that make friends.  1013
 
  Women are extremists: they are either better or worse than men.
La Bruyère.    
  1014
 
  There are more fools than sages; and among the sages, there is more folly than wisdom.
Chamfort.    
  1015
 
  There are no pleasures where women are not; and with the French, champagne itself has no flavor, unless served by the hand of beauty.
Romieu.    
  1016
 
  Possession is the touchstone of love: true love finds new ardor, frivolous love extinguishes itself in it.
Panage.    
  1017
 
  A woman is never displeased if we please several other women, provided she is preferred: it is so many more triumphs for her.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1018
 
  However powerful one may be, whether one laughs or weeps, none can make thee speak, none can open thy hand before the time, O mute phantom, our shadow! specter always masked, ever at our side, called To-morrow!
Victor Hugo.    
  1019
 
  Why should we complain, since we are so little moved by the complaints of others?
Alfred Bougeart.    
  1020
 
  I esteem the world as much as I can, and still I esteem it but little.
Chamfort.    
  1021
 
  Temperance is the love of health—or the inability to eat or drink much.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1022
 
  Vanity is the only intellectual enjoyment of many people.  1023
 
  Beauty is the first gift Nature gives to woman, and the first she takes from her.
Méré.    
  1024
 
  Since Cupid is represented with a torch in his hand, why did they place virtue on a barrel of gunpowder?
Lévis.    
  1025
 
  A woman at middle age retains nothing of the pettiness of youth; she is a friend who gives you all the feminine delicacies, who displays all the graces, all the prepossessions which Nature has given to woman to please man, but who no longer sells these qualities. She is hateful or lovable, according to her pretensions to youth, whether they exist under the epidermis or whether they are dead.
Balzac.    
  1026
 
  The only way to please God is to follow the good inclinations of our nature.
Alfred Mercier.    
  1027
 
  One of the most effectual ways of pleasing and of making one’s self loved is to be cheerful: joy softens more hearts than tears.
Mme. de Sartory.    
  1028
 
  All the evil that women have done to us comes from us, and all the good they have done to us comes from them.
Martin.    
  1029
 
  We always find what we do not seek.
Proverb.    
  1030
 
  Love is a fever, of which the delirium is to believe itself eternal.
Mme. Cottin.    
  1031
 
  It is a common vanity of the aged to believe that they have always been more exemplary than those who have come after them.
A. de Musset.    
  1032
 
  The friendship of a man is often a support; that of a woman is always a consolation.
Rochepèdre.    
  1033
 
  There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.
Chamfort.    
  1034
 
  Of all ruins, the ruin of man is the saddest to contemplate.
T. Gautier.    
  1035
 
  A woman can be held by no stronger tie than the knowledge that she is loved.
Mme. de Motteville.    
  1036
 
  One should choose for a wife only such a woman as he would choose for a friend, were she a man.
Joubert.    
  1037
 
  It is a terrible thing to be obliged to love by contract.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  1038
 
  The feeble howl with the wolves, bray with the asses, and bleat with the sheep.
Mme. Roland.    
  1039
 
  To a woman of delicate feeling, the most persuasive declaration of love is the embarrassment of an intellectual man.
Laténa.    
  1040
 
  To abstain from pleasure for a time, in order the better to enjoy in the future, is the philosophy of the sage; it is the epicureanism of reason.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1041
 
  To judge a country one does not know the language of, is like judging a book from the binding.  1042
 
  Man may go from aversion to love; but, when he has begun by loving, and has reached aversion, he never returns to love.
Balzac.    
  1043
 
  The soul and the body are enemies.
A. de Musset.    
  1044
 
  God took his softest clay and his purest colors, and made a fragile jewel, mysterious and caressing—the finger of woman; then he fell asleep. The devil awoke, and at the end of that rosy finger put—a nail.
Victor Hugo.    
  1045
 
  Marriage has its unknown great men, as war has its Napoleons, poetry its Chéniers, and philosophy its Descartes.
Balzac.    
  1046
 
  The art of praising caused the art of pleasing.
Voltaire.    
  1047
 
  Death is a passage: the more rapidly it is crossed, the better.  1048
 
  Love dies of satiety, and is buried in oblivion.
La Bruyère.    
  1049
 
  A prison is never narrow when the imagination can range in it at will.  1050
 
  The greatest art of an able man is to know how to conceal his ability.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1051
 
  Philosophers and men of letters have done more for mankind than Orpheus, Hercules, or Theseus; for it is more meritorious and more difficult to wean men from their prejudices than to civilize the barbarian: It is harder to correct than to instruct.
Voltaire.    
  1052
 
  As long as the heart preserves desire, the mind preserves illusion.
Chateaubriand.    
  1053
 
  To be loved is to receive the greatest of all compliments.
Mme. Necker.    
  1054
 
  The physical plagues and the calamities of human nature have rendered society necessary. Society has added to the evils of nature; the imperfections of society have created the necessity for government, and government adds still further to the woes of society: this is the whole history of humanity.
Chamfort.    
  1055
 
  The unknown! it is the field in which are sown our dreams, where we see them germinate, grow, and bloom. Who would live without the benefit of the incertitude granted to our miseries!
E. Souvestre.    
  1056
 
  The woman we love most is often the one to whom we express it the least.
Beauchéne.    
  1057
 
  In ill-matched marriages, the fault is less the woman’s than the man’s, as the choice depended on her the least.
Mme. de Rieux.    
  1058
 
  Every vice has a cloak, and creeps in under the name of virtue.  1059
 
  Possession makes tyrants of some men whom desire made slaves.
Brignicourt.    
  1060
 
  A woman often thinks she regrets the lover, when she only regrets the love.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1061
 
  Let us love! let us enjoy the fugitive hour! Man has no harbor, time has no shores: it runs, and we pass!
Lamartine.    
  1062
 
  When one seeks the cause of the successes of great generals, one is astonished to find that they did everything necessary to insure them.
Napoleon I.    
  1063
 
  War is the tribunal of nations: victories and defeats are its decrees.
Rivarol.    
  1064
 
  Would you know the qualities a man lacks, examine those of which he boasts.
Ségur.    
  1065
 
  There is more poverty in the human heart than misery in life.
E. de Girardin.    
  1066
 
  Laws should never be in contradiction to usages; for, if the usages are good, the laws are valueless.
Voltaire.    
  1067
 
  Reading is useless to some people: ideas pass through their heads without remaining.
C. Jordan.    
  1068
 
  Repentance is a second innocence.
De Bonald.    
  1069
 
  Glory can be for a woman but the brilliant mourning of happiness.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1070
 
  Marriage is a tie that hope embellishes, that happiness preserves, and that adversity fortifies.
Alibert.    
  1071
 
  In the beginning, passions obey; later, they command.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  1072
 
  A prude exhibits her virtue in word and manner; a virtuous woman shows hers in her conduct.
La Bruyère.    
  1073
 
  Our century leans neither toward evil nor toward good: it goes toward mediocrity.
A. de Gasparin.    
  1074
 
  Politeness has left our manners, to take refuge in our clothes.
Mme. de Bassanville.    
  1075
 
  It is because honesty will soon be scarce that we must use it to deceive the deceivers.  1076
 
  Pleasures are sins: we regret to offend God; but, then, pleasures please us.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1077
 
  Infidelities rupture love; little faults wear it out.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  1078
 
  The offender never pardons.
Proverb.    
  1079
 
  I have remarked that those who love women most, and are most tender in their intercourse with them, are most inclined to speak ill of them, as if they could not forgive them for not being as irreproachable as they wish them to be
T. Gautier.    
  1080
 
  To enjoy is not to corrupt.
Mirabeau.    
  1081
 
  It is in the eyes that the language of love is written.
Mme. Cottin.    
  1082
 
  Reason! I have lost it; and, were it to be returned to me, I would fly from it!
A. de Musset.    
  1083
 
  Politeness is a wreath of flowers that adorns the world.
Mme. de Bassanville.    
  1084
 
  A brute always imposes silence on the delicate.
A. de Gasparin.    
  1085
 
  There are glances that have more wit than the most subtile speech.  1086
 
  Women are the happiest beings of the creation: in compensation for our services they reward us with a happiness of which they retain more than half.
De Varennes.    
  1087
 
  Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done, as the fear of consequences.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1088
 
  One sneers at curls when one has no more hair; one slanders apples when one has no more teeth.
A. Karr.    
  1089
 
  A man explodes with indignation when a woman ceases to love him, yet he soon finds consolation; a woman is less demonstrative when deserted, and remains longer inconsolable.  1090
 
  Wounds of the heart! your traces are bitter, slow to heal, and always ready to reopen.
A. de Musset.    
  1091
 
  When one has been tormented and fatigued by his sensitiveness, he learns that he must live from day to day, forget all that is possible, and efface his life from memory as it passes.
Chamfort.    
  1092
 
  Love is a duel with pins.  1093
 
  How few friendships would be lasting if we knew what our best friends say of us in our absence.
Pascal.    
  1094
 
  Voltaire inscribed on a statue of Love: “Whoever thou art, behold thy master! He rules thee, or has ruled thee, or will rule thee!”  1095
 
  A woman forgives the audacity which her beauty has prompted us to be guilty of.
Lesage.    
  1096
 
  All men are fools: to escape seeing one, one would be compelled to shut himself in his room, and break his mirror.
De Sade.    
  1097
 
  A coquette is a woman who places her honor in a lottery: ninety-nine chances to one that she will lose it.  1098
 
  The virtue of widows is a laborious virtue: they have to combat constantly with the remembrance of past bliss.
St. Jerome.    
  1099
 
  Women like audacity: when one astounds them he interests them; and when one interests them, he is very sure to please them.  1100
 
  This century boasts of progress! Have they invented a new mortal sin? Unfortunately there are but seven, as before—the number of the daily falls of a saint, which is very little.
T. Gautier.    
  1101
 
  The society of women endangers men’s morals and refines their manners.
Montesquieu.    
  1102
 
  A bachelor seeks a wife to avoid solitude; a married man seeks society to avoid the tête-ô-tête.
De Varennes.    
  1103
 
  Wrinkles are the grave of love.
Sarrasin.    
  1104
 
  We may wager that any idea of the public, or any general opinion, is a folly, since it has received the approbation of a majority of the people.
Chamfort.    
  1105
 
  The reason why so few women are touched by friendship is, that they find it dull when they have experienced love.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1106
 
  Women sometimes deceive the lover—never the friend.
L. S. Mercier.    
  1107
 
  He who first invented raiment, perhaps invented love.
Ségur.    
  1108
 
  It is often shorter and better to yield to others than to endeavor to compel others to adjust themselves to us.
La Bruyère.    
  1109
 
  Whoever blushes is already guilty: true innocence is ashamed of nothing.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1110
 
  A woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she will.
Proverb.    
  1111
 
  Conjugal Love should never put on or take off his bandage but at an opportune time.
Balzac.    
  1112
 
  Love is like the rose: so sweet, that one always tries to gather it in spite of the thorns.  1113
 
  Which is the best religion? The most tolerant.
E. de Girardin.    
  1114
 
  One can stop when he ascends, but not when he descends.
Napoleon I.    
  1115
 
  He who thinks himself good for everything is often good for nothing.
Picard.    
  1116
 
  Idleness is the door to all vices.
Malebranche.    
  1117
 
  Why do we dream in our sleep if we have no soul? and, if we have one, how is it that dreams are so incoherent and extravagant?
Voltaire.    
  1118
 
  Generosity is but the pity of noble souls.
Chamfort.    
  1119
 
  Inclination and interest determine the will.
Talleyrand.    
  1120
 
  Extremes in everything is a characteristic of woman.
De Goncourt.    
  1121
 
  I have tormented the present with the preoccupations of the future; I have put my judgment in the place of Providence, and the happy child has been transformed into a care-worn man!
E. Souvestre.    
  1122
 
  The greatest satisfaction a woman can feel is to know that a man whom many other women love loves her alone.  1123
 
  To speak of love begets love.
Pascal.    
  1124
 
  True philosophy raises us above grandeur, but nothing can raise us above the ennui which it causes.
Mme. de Maintenon.    
  1125
 
  Love pleases more than marriage, for the reason that romance is more interesting than history.
Chamfort.    
  1126
 
  A coquette is to a man what a toy is to a child: as long as it pleases him, he keeps it; when it ceases to please him, he discards it.  1127
 
  One must be a woman to know how to revenge.
Mme. de Rieux.    
  1128
 
  Many wish to be pious, but none to be humble.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1129
 
  Books follow manners; manners do not follow books.
T. Gautier.    
  1130
 
  As soon as women are ours, we are no longer theirs.
Montaigne.    
  1131
 
  Convictions that remain silent are neither sincere nor profound.  1132
 
  A woman who is guided by the head, and not by the heart, is a social pestilence: she has all the defects of the passionate and affectionate woman, with none of her compensations; she is without pity, without love, without virtue, without sex.
Balzac.    
  1133
 
  The true and the false speak the same language.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1134
 
  Thought is the lightning of the soul.
Mme. de Bassanville.    
  1135
 
  Old men are always jealous: they are like the greedy child who wants the cake it can not eat.
A. Ricard.    
  1136
 
  Who of us has not regretted that age when laughter was ever on the lips!
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1137
 
  In life, woman must wait until she is asked to love; as in a salon she waits for an invitation to dance.
A. Karr.    
  1138
 
  In the elevated order of ideas, the life of man is glory; the life of woman is love.
Balzac.    
  1139
 
  Suitors of a wealthy girl seldom seek for proof of her past virtue.  1140
 
  However virtuous a woman may be, a compliment on her virtue is what gives her the least pleasure.
Prince de Ligne.    
  1141
 
  Love, pleasure, and inconstancy are but the consequences of a desire to know the truth.
Duclos.    
  1142
 
  Life is a combat, of which the palm is in heaven.
Delavigne.    
  1143
 
  Vanity ruins more women than love.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1144
 
  O oblivion! oblivion! what a pillow for the exhausted traveler!
Ducis.    
  1145
 
  If a fox is cunning, a woman in love is a thousand times more so.
Proverb.    
  1146
 
  Time is a great physician: he brings us death.  1147
 
  We are finite beings: there can be no infinite happiness for us. The soul that dreams it and pursues it will embrace but a shadow.
Balzac.    
  1148
 
  When women can not be revenged, they do as children do: they cry.
Cardan.    
  1149
 
  In condemning the vanity of women, men complain of the fire they themselves have kindled.
Lingrée.    
  1150
 
  It is with happiness as with watches: the less complicated, the less easily deranged.
Chamfort.    
  1151
 
  There are several ways to speak: to speak well, to speak easily, to speak justly, and to speak at the right moment.
La Bruyère.    
  1152
 
  We please oftener by our defects than by our virtues.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1153
 
  Life has surprises at every age.
Alfred Mercier.    
  1154
 
  Young, one is rich in all the future that he dreams; old, one is poor in all the past he regrets.
Rochepèdre.    
  1155
 
  Women like balls and assemblies, as a hunter likes a place where game abounds.
Laténa.    
  1156
 
  Life would be easy enough if we were not continually exerting ourselves to forge new chains, and invent absurd formalities which make it a burden.  1157
 
  A woman, when she has passed forty, becomes an illegible scrawl; only an old woman is capable of divining old women.
Balzac.    
  1158
 
  Men would not live long in society if they were not the dupes of each other.
La Bruyère.    
  1159
 
  He who loves little dares little.
Proverb.    
  1160
 
  To place wit above sense, is to place superfluity above utility.
Mme. de Maintenon.    
  1161
 
  Women speak easily of platonic love; but, while they appear to esteem it highly, there is not a single ribbon of their toilette that does not drive platonism from our hearts.
A. Ricard.    
  1162
 
  There is a greater distance between love and indifference than between hatred and love.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  1163
 
  Civilization has its cup of bitterness.
F. de Conches.    
  1164
 
  The more women have risked, the more they are ready to sacrifice.
Duclos.    
  1165
 
  To make love only when signing the marriage certificate, is to take romance by the tail.
Molière.    
  1166
 
  Nature has given to women fortitude enough to resist a certain time, but not enough to resist completely the inclination which they cherish.
Dorat.    
  1167
 
  When love increases, prudence decreases.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1168
 
  An honorable name or a good reputation is an excellent protection against wrong-doing: we fear to compromise it more through vanity than virtue.      1169
 
  The difference between love and possession is, that one is an infinite desire, the other a satisfied desire.
Saint-Prosper.    
  1170
 
  All passions are good when one masters them; all are bad when one is a slave to them.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1171
 
  The destiny of women is to please, to be amiable, and to be loved. Those who do not love them are still more in the wrong than those who love them too much.
Rochebrune.    
  1172
 
  In love, what we take has greater price than what is given.
J. Petit-Senn.    
  1173
 
  One looks at a lover; one does not examine him.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1174
 
  Travel improves superior wine and spoils the poor: it is the same with the brain.  1175
 
  Glow-worms are the image of women: when they are in the dark, one is struck with their brilliancy; as soon as they appear in the broad light of the world, one sees them in their true colors, with all their defects.
Mme. Necker.    
  1176
 
  A woman of honor should never suspect another of things she would not do herself.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1177
 
  History is only a record of crimes and misfortunes.
Voltaire.    
  1178
 
  At a ball, men are the timid sex, and also the feebler sex; for they are always the first to be fatigued.
A. Karr.    
  1179
 
  False modesty is the most reputable of all impostures.
Chamfort.    
  1180
 
  Among all animals, from man to the dog, the heart of a mother is always a sublime thing.
A. Dumas père.    
  1181
 
  We never forget what we learn with pleasure.
Alfred Mercier.    
  1182
 
  Simple nature, however defective, is better than the least objectionable affectation; and, defects for defects, those which are natural are more bearable than affected virtues.
Saint-Evremond.    
  1183
 
  How many things have we esteemed that we despise, and how many joys have resulted in afflictions!  1184
 
  Man should place himself above prejudices, and woman should submit to them.
Mme. Necker.    
  1185
 
  Better is an error that makes us happy than a truth that plunges us into despair.  1186
 
  Women never weep more bitterly than when they weep with spite.
A. Ricard.    
  1187
 
  Love in marriage would be the realization of a beautiful dream, if marriage were not too often the end of it.
A. Karr.    
  1188
 
  Women have the same desires as men, but do not have the same right to express them.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1189
 
  As yet, no navigator has traced lines of latitude and longitude on the conjugal sea.
Balzac.    
  1190
 
  Contempt should be the best concealed of our sentiments.  1191
 
  Coquettes are like hunters who are fond of hunting, but do not eat the game.  1192
 
  Woman is more constant in hatred than in love.  1193
 
  In love, it is only the commencement that charms. I am not surprised that one finds pleasure in frequently recommencing.
Prince de Ligne.    
  1194
 
  To woman, mildness is the best means to be right.
Mme. de Fontaines.    
  1195
 
  The reason why lovers never weary of each other’s company is because they speak always of themselves.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1196
 
  All the reasoning of man is not worth one sentiment of woman.
Voltaire.    
  1197
 
  The resistance of a woman is not always a proof of her virtue, but more frequently of her experience.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1198
 
  One can not imagine how much cleverness is necessary not to be ridiculous.
Chamfort.    
  1199
 
 
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