One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
A grocer is attracted to his business by a magnetic force as great as the repulsion which renders it odious to artists.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
When Religion and Royalty are swept away, the people will attack the great, and after the great, they will fall upon the rich.
Virtue, perhaps, is nothing more than politeness of soul.
To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
God is the poet, men are but the actors.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
Hatred is the vice of narrow souls they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
Conscience is our unerring judge until we finally stifle it.
With monuments as with men, position means everything.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
Those who spend too fast never grow rich.
Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
It is easier to be a lover than a husband, for the same reason that it is more difficult to show a ready wit all day long than to produce an occasional bon mot.
When law becomes despotic, morals are relaxed, and vice versa.
Evil is a form of good, of which the results are not immediately manifest.
To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
A mother's life, you see, is one long succession of dramas, now soft and tender, now terrible. Not an hour but has its joys and fears.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.
Believe everything you hear said of the world nothing is too impossibly bad.
Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
Necessity is the spur of genius.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
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