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J. De Finod, comp.  A Thousand Flashes of French Wit, Wisdom, and Wickedness.  1886.
 
Nos. 1200–1691
 
OBLIVION: a remedy for human misery.
A. de Musset.    
  1200
 
  Flowers that come from a loved hand are more prized than diamonds.  1201
 
  Calumny is moral assassination.  1202
 
  The pains that excite the least pity in women are those that we suffer for them.
Chabanon.    
  1203
 
  Time, which enfeebles criminal desires, leads us back to legitimate affection.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1204
 
  Absence diminishes weak passions and augments great ones; as the wind extinguishes tapers, but increases a conflagration.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1205
 
  The heart that sighs has not what it desires.
Proverb.    
  1206
 
  Consideration for woman is the measure of a nation’s progress in social life.
Grêgoire.    
  1207
 
  He who reckons ten friends has not one.
Malesherbes.    
  1208
 
  The heart of a loving woman is a golden sanctuary, where often there reigns an idol of clay.
Limayrac.    
  1209
 
  No one is satisfied with his fortune, nor dissatisfied with his own wit.
Mme. Deshoulières.    
  1210
 
  Flattery is like false money: it impoverishes those who receive it.
Mme. Voillez.    
  1211
 
  Heaven has refused genius to woman, in order to concentrate all the fire in her heart.
Rivarol.    
  1212
 
  When the heart is full, the lips are silent.  1213
 
  An honest woman is the one we fear to compromise.
Balzac.    
  1214
 
  Sorrow teaches virtue.
A. de Musset.    
  1215
 
  To blame a young man for being in love is like chiding one for being ill.
Duclos.    
  1216
 
  Enjoy and give enjoyment, without injury to thyself or to others: this is true morality.
Chamfort.    
  1217
 
  It is a great obstacle to happiness to expect too much.
Fontenelle.    
  1218
 
  Modesty is the conscience of the body.
Balzac.    
  1219
 
  Women divine that they are loved long before it is told them.
Marivaux.    
  1220
 
  A coquette has no heart, she has only vanity: it is adorers she seeks, not love.
Poincelot.    
  1221
 
  The most lucrative commerce has ever been that of hope, pleasure, and happiness: it is the commerce of authors, women, priests, and kings.
Mme. Roland.    
  1222
 
  Love, unrest, and sorrow always journey together.
Proverb.    
  1223
 
  When death consents to let us live a long time, it takes successively as hostages all those we have loved.
Mme. Necker.    
  1224
 
  With a pretty face and the freshness of twenty, a woman, however shallow she may be, makes many conquests, but does not retain them: with cleverness, thirty years, and a little beauty, a woman makes fewer conquests but more durable ones.
A. Dupuy.    
  1225
 
  There is nothing more tiresome than the conversation of a lover who has nothing to desire, and nothing to fear.
Mme. de Sartory.    
  1226
 
  Manners are the hypocrisies of nations: the hypocrisies are more or less perfected.
Balzac.    
  1227
 
  Love, like axioms, can not be demonstrated.  1228
 
  Women are never stronger than when they arm themselves with their weakness.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1229
 
  Let us laugh! Our fathers laughed at their miseries, let us laugh at ours too! Why! Lisette is not cruel, nor is my flagon broken!
Béranger.    
  1230
 
  God, who repented of having created man, never repented of having created woman.
Malherbe.    
  1231
 
  Cupid is a traitor who scratches, even when one only plays with him.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1232
 
  There are men who pride themselves on their insensibility to love: it is like boasting of having been always stupid.
S. de Castres.    
  1233
 
  I hate hypocrites, insolent comedians, who put on their virtues with their white gloves.
A. de Musset.    
  1234
 
  We love handsome women from inclination, homely women from interest, and virtuous women from reason.
Amelot.    
  1235
 
  One may forgive infidelity, but one does not forget it.
Mlle. de Lafayette.    
  1236
 
  To please, one must make up his mind to be taught many things which he already knows, by people who do not know them.
Chamfort.    
  1237
 
  As there is no love without desire, so there is none without hope.  1238
 
  The matrimonial knot is sometimes tied so tightly that it wounds those whom it unites.
De Varennes.    
  1239
 
  Libertinage is on the frontier of liberty.  1240
 
  The greatest merit of some men is their wife.
Poincelot.    
  1241
 
  Men acquire acuteness; women are born with it.  1242
 
  All men are not men.
Proverb.    
  1243
 
  Women call repentance the sweet remembrance of their faults, and the bitter regret of their inability to recommence them.
Beaumanoir.    
  1244
 
  Since love teaches how to trick the tricksters, how much reason have we to fear it—we who are poor simple creatures!
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1245
 
  Old acquaintances are better than new friends.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1246
 
  In love, the only way to resist temptation is to sometimes succumb to it.
Mme. de Choiseul.    
  1247
 
  I have seen young ladies of twenty-five affecting a childish ingenuousness which has made me doubt their virtue.  1248
 
  What a woman wills, God wills.
Proverb.    
  1249
 
  When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even for our virtues.
Balzac.    
  1250
 
  That a liaison between a man and a woman may be truly interesting, there must be between them enjoyment, remembrance, or desire.
Chamfort.    
  1251
 
  Love has no age: it is always in birth.
Pascal.    
  1252
 
  With the world, do not resort to injuries, but only to irony and gayety: injury revolts, while irony makes one reflect, and gayety disarms.
Voltaire.    
  1253
 
  All women are equal in love.  1254
 
  Divorce is necessary in advanced civilizations.
Montesquieu.    
  1255
 
  The most effective coquetry is innocence.
Lamartine.    
  1256
 
  Woman, naturally enthusiastic of the good and the beautiful, sanctifies all that she surrounds with her affection.
Alfred Mercier.    
  1257
 
  That immense majority, the fools, who made the laws that regulate the manners of the world, very naturally made them for their own benefit.  1258
 
  Friendship between two women is always a plot against another one.
A. Karr.    
  1259
 
  The prayer of Lahire: “God! do unto Lahire what thou wouldst Lahire should do unto Thee, if Thou wert Lahire, and if Lahire were Thee!”  1260
 
  To fall in love is not difficult: the difficulty lies in telling it.
A. de Musset.    
  1261
 
  Those who appear cold, but are only timid, as soon as they dare to love, adore.
Mme. Swetchine.    
  1262
 
  It is beauty that begins to please, and tenderness that completes the charm.
Fontenelle.    
  1263
 
  Society, when it is not frantic, is idiotic.
Lamennais.    
  1264
 
  In those countries where the morals are the most dissolute, the language is the most severe; as if they would replace on the lips what has deserted the heart.
Voltaire.    
  1265
 
  Liberty is a progressive conquest.
Guéroult.    
  1266
 
  We have been thrust into the world—we know not why; and we must die to become—we know not what.
Mme. d’Albany.    
  1267
 
  The woman who loves us is only a woman, but the woman we love is a celestial being whose defects disappear under the prism through which we see her.
E. de Girardin.    
  1268
 
  Man is Creation’s master-piece. But who says so?—Man!
Gavarni.    
  1269
 
  The conversation of women in society resembles the straw used in packing china: it is nothing, yet, without it, everything would be broken.
Mme. de Salm.    
  1270
 
  A little love rapidly develops the sensibilities and intelligence of women: it is through the heart that they ripen or mold.
Laténa.    
  1271
 
  The nervous fluid in man is consumed by the brain; in woman, by the heart: it is there that they are the most sensitive.
Stendhal.    
  1272
 
  In love, great pleasures come very near great sorrows.
Mlle. de Lespinasse.    
  1273
 
  “O merciful Heaven! may my last season be still a spring!”
Béranger.    
  1274
 
  It is modesty that places in the feeble hand of beauty the sceptre that commands power.
Hélvétius.    
  1275
 
  All or nothing is the motto of Love.  1276
 
  All and nothing is the motto of Hymen.
Montlasier.    
  1277
 
  Finesse has been given to woman to compensate the force of man.
Laclos.    
  1278
 
  Would you know how to give? Put yourself in the place of him who receives.
Mme. de Puisieux.    
  1279
 
  The science of women, as that of men, must be limited according to their powers: the difference of their characters ought to limit that of their studies.
Fénelon.    
  1280
 
  All great designs are formed in solitude; in the world, no object is pursued long enough to produce an impression.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1281
 
  Virtue, with some women, is but the precaution of locking doors.
Lemontey.    
  1282
 
  The reasonable worship of a just God who punishes and rewards, would undoubtedly contribute to the happiness of men; but when that salutary knowledge of a just God is disfigured by absurd lies and dangerous superstitions, then the remedy turns to poison.
Voltaire.    
  1283
 
  Man, like everything else that lives, changes with the air that sustains him.
Taine.    
  1284
 
  A woman by whom we are loved is a vanity; a woman whom we love is a religion.
E. de Girardin.    
  1285
 
  Men have made of Fortune an all-powerful goddess, in order to be made responsible for all their blunders.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1286
 
  One is no more the master of his impressions than of his coughing or sneezing.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1287
 
  Women are often ruined by their sensitiveness, and saved by their coquetry.
Mlle. Azaïs.    
  1288
 
  If you would succeed in the world, it is necessary that, when entering a salon, your vanity should bow to that of others.
Mme. de Genlis.    
  1289
 
  The head, however strong it may be, can accomplish nothing against the heart.
Mlle. de Scudéri.    
  1290
 
  Rivals who blow out each other’s brains for the eyes of a coquette, prove that they have no brains.
A. Ricard.    
  1291
 
  A languid heart is tender; sadness makes love ferment.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1292
 
  Our virtues are often but vices in disguise.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1293
 
  In a tête-ô-tête, a woman speaks in a loud tone to the man she is indifferent to, in a low tone to the one she begins to love, and keeps silent with the one she loves.
Rochebrune.    
  1294
 
  Women who have not fine teeth laugh only with their eyes.
Mme. de Rieux.    
  1295
 
  Dignities change men’s morals.  1296
 
  Venus always saves the lover whom she leads.
Delatouche.    
  1297
 
  Mothers are the only goddesses in whom the whole world believes.  1298
 
  Celebrity is the chastisement of merit, and the punishment of talent.
Chamfort.    
  1299
 
  Women often deceive to conceal what they feel; men to simulate what they do not feel—love.
E. Legouvé.    
  1300
 
  Many weep for the sin, while they laugh over the pleasure.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1301
 
  There is nothing directly moral in our nature but love.
A. Comte.    
  1302
 
  Many have sought roses and found thorns.  1303
 
  The tears of a young widow lose their bitterness when wiped by the hands of love.  1304
 
  Benevolence rejuvenates the heart, exercise, the memory, and remembrance, life.
Mme. de Lespinasse.    
  1305
 
  How many could be made happy with the happiness lost in this world.
Lévis.    
  1306
 
  A man’s passions, tastes, and opinions are discovered by his admirations.
C. Nodier.    
  1307
 
  Cold natures have only recollections; tender natures have remembrances.
Mme. de Krudener.    
  1308
 
  Social usages: a respect sincere or feigned for absurd forms.  1309
 
  Languages begin by being a music, and end by being an algebra.
Ampère.    
  1310
 
  The waltz is the charging step of love.
H. Murger.    
  1311
 
  To be happy is not to possess much, but to hope and to love much.
Lamennais.    
  1312
 
  The world is a book, the language of which is unintelligible to many people.
Méry.    
  1313
 
  Masked balls are a merciful institution for ugly women.  1314
 
  Man is not depraved by true pleasures, but by false ones.
De Lacretelle.    
  1315
 
  Love for old men is sun on the snow: it dazzles more than it warms them.
J. Petit-Senn.    
  1316
 
  Sometimes we must have love, either as a desirable good or an inevitable evil.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  1317
 
  A woman’s life can be divided thus: the age when she dances but does not dare to waltz—it is the spring; the age when she dances and dares to waltz—it is summer; the age when she dances but prefers to waltz—it is autumn; finally, when she dances no longer—it is winter, that rigorous winter of life.
Mme. de Girardin.    
  1318
 
  Some old men like to give good precepts to console themselves for their inability no longer to give bad examples.
A. Dupuy.    
  1319
 
  What the hand can not reach is but a dream.
Soulary.    
  1320
 
  Civility is a desire to receive civility, and to be accounted well bred.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1321
 
  In love, it is as it was with the thieves of Sparta: only the awkward are punished.  1322
 
  Absolutism is tolerant, only because it knows itself mighty.
A. de Gasparin.    
  1323
 
  Calumny spreads like an oil-spot: we endeavor to cleanse it, but the mark remains.
Mlle. de Lespinasse.    
  1324
 
  In love, one must not attack a place unless one storms it.  1325
 
  Marriage is a science.
Balzac.    
  1326
 
  We scoff at women who take us seriously, and we take tragically to those who scoff at us.  1327
 
  Women have no worse enemies than women.
Duclos.    
  1328
 
  Hymen comes after love, as smoke after flame.
Chamfort.    
  1329
 
  If you wish a coquette to regard you, cease to regard her.  1330
 
  It is easier to make all Europe agree than two women.
Louis XIV.    
  1331
 
  We live with our defects as with the odors we carry about us: we do not perceive them, but they incommode those who approach us.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  1332
 
  Agreeable advice is rarely useful advice.
Massillon.    
  1333
 
  At eighteen, one adores at once; at twenty, one loves; at thirty, one desires; at forty, one reflects.
P. de Kock.    
  1334
 
  A woman who has surrendered her lips has surrendered everything.
Viard.    
  1335
 
  This world is but a lottery of goods, of ranks, of dignities, of rights.
Voltaire.    
  1336
 
  A beautiful woman is the paradise of the eyes, the hell of the soul, and the purgatory of the purse.  1337
 
  The past gives us regret, the present sorrow, and the future fear.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  1338
 
  In love, the confidant of a woman’s sorrow often becomes the consoler of it.  1339
 
  Our years, our debts, and our enemies are always more numerous than we imagine.
C. Nodier.    
  1340
 
  He who pretends to know everything proves that he knows nothing.
Le Bailly.    
  1341
 
  The attainment of our greatest desires is often the source of our greatest sorrows.  1342
 
  Marriage communicates to women the vices of men, but never their virtues.
Fourier.    
  1343
 
  The remembrance of the good done those we have loved, is the only consolation left us when we have lost them.
Demoustier.    
  1344
 
  Pleasure and pain, the good, and the bad, are so intermixed that we can not shun the one without depriving ourselves of the other.
Mme. de Maintenon.    
  1345
 
  It is not always for virtue’s sake that women are virtuous.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1346
 
  We find nothing good in life but what makes us forget it.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1347
 
  Coquetry is the desire to please, without the want of love.
Rochepèdre.    
  1348
 
  At fifteen, to dance is a pleasure; at twenty-five, a pretext; at forty, a fatigue.
A. Ricard.    
  1349
 
  The weaknesses of women have been given them by nature to exercise the virtues of men.
Mme. Necker.    
  1350
 
  Love without desire is a delusion: it does not exist in nature.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1351
 
  Hell is paved with women’s tongues.
Abbé Guyon.    
  1352
 
  Woman is the heart of man.
Leroux.    
  1353
 
  If the young knew—if the old could!
Proverb.    
  1354
 
  The only secret a woman guards inviolably is that of her age.  1355
 
  The morals of the world are only casuistry.  1356
 
  The worst of all misalliances is that of the heart.
Chamfort.    
  1357
 
  Homeliness is the best guardian of a young girl’s virtue.
Mme. de Genlis.    
  1358
 
  The world ceases to be a pleasure when it ceases to be a speculation.  1359
 
  Love is the poetry of the senses.
Balzac.    
  1360
 
  One wearies delightfully with women.  1361
 
  Love is the beginning, the middle, and the end of everything.
Lacordaire.    
  1362
 
  Philosophy teaches us to bear with calmness—the misfortunes of our friends.  1363
 
  Nothing is more difficult than to choose a good husband—unless it be to choose a good wife.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1364
 
  Love begins too well to end well.
Daumas.    
  1365
 
  What a husband forbids, a wife desires.
Proverb.    
  1366
 
  The rudest man, inspired by passion, is more persuasive than the most eloquent man, if uninspired.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1367
 
  There is no game of chance more hazardous than marriage.
J. David.    
  1368
 
  Whoever has learned to love, has learned to be silent.
Mme. de Sartory.    
  1369
 
  Women are happier in the love they inspire than in that which they feel: men are just the contrary.
Beauchéne.    
  1370
 
  Love is a torrent that one checks by digging a bed for it.
Commerson.    
  1371
 
  A woman is a well-served table, that one sees with different eyes before and after the meal.  1372
 
  It is necessary to be almost a genius to make a good husband.
Balzac.    
  1373
 
  We accuse women of insincerity without perceiving that they are more sincere with us than with themselves.  1374
 
  Pleasure may come of illusion, but happiness can only come of reality.
Chamfort.    
  1375
 
  The duration of passion is no more in our power than the duration of life.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1376
 
  To swear to love always is to affirm that two beings essentially changeable will never change.  1377
 
  The prodigality of women has reached such proportions that one must be wealthy to have one for himself: we have no other resource than to love the wives of others.
A. Karr.    
  1378
 
  The world forgives with difficulty the fact that one can be happy without it.  1379
 
  We quarrel with unfortunates to be exempted from pitying them.
Vauvenargues.    
  1380
 
  Poverty of the soul is worse than that of fortune.
Mme. de Lambert.    
  1381
 
  To enjoy reading is to transform wearisome hours into delightful ones.
Montesquieu.    
  1382
 
  “Well! sage Evhemere, what have you seen in all your travels?” “Follies!”
Voltaire.    
  1383
 
  Who elevates himself isolates himself.
Rivarol.    
  1384
 
  A beautiful woman pleases the eye, a good woman pleases the heart: one is a jewel, the other a treasure.
Napoleon I.    
  1385
 
  Memory records services with a pencil, injuries with a graver.
De Ségur.    
  1386
 
  Reason is the torch of friendship, judgment its guide, tenderness its aliment.
De Bonald.    
  1387
 
  There is in hypocrisy as much folly as vice: it is as easy to be honest as to appear so.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1388
 
  Wit is a zero added to our moral qualities; but which, standing alone, represents nothing.
C. Jordan.    
  1389
 
  Some women boast of having never accorded anything; perhaps it is because they have never been asked anything.  1390
 
  The anticipation of pleasure often equals the pleasure itself.
Fabre d’Eglantine.    
  1391
 
  The greatest miracle of love is that it cures coquetry.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1392
 
  Hope is a sarcasm.
Alfred Mercier (“La fille du prêtre”).    
  1393
 
  The misfortune of those who have loved is that they can find nothing to replace love.
Duclos.    
  1394
 
  Men make laws; women make manners.
De Ségur.    
  1395
 
  Do you wish a portrait that is not flattered? Ask a woman to make one of her rival.
De Propriac.    
  1396
 
  Vows of love prove its inconstancy.
Marmontel.    
  1397
 
  Who has not what he loves, must love what he has.
Bussy-Rabutin.    
  1398
 
  A husband is a plaster that cures all the ills of girlhood.
Molière.    
  1399
 
  The beginning and the decline of love manifest themselves in the embarrassment that one feels in the tête-ô-tête.
La Bruyère.    
  1400
 
  The wealthiest man is he who is most economical; the poorest is he who is most miserly.
Chamfort.    
  1401
 
  O kiss! mysterious beverage that the lips of lovers pour into each other, as into thirsty cups!
A. de Musset.    
  1402
 
  Love should dare everything when it has everything to fear.
Saurin.    
  1403
 
  Hearts agree; minds dispute.
Préault.    
  1404
 
  Vows are the false money that pays for the sacrifices of love.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1405
 
  Woman is a creature between man and the angels.
Balzac.    
  1406
 
  Everything comes and goes. To-day in joy, to-morrow in sorrow. We advance, we retreat, we struggle; then, the eternal and profound silence of death!
Victor Hugo.    
  1407
 
  One loves more the first time, better the second.
Rochepèdre.    
  1408
 
  Beggars are the vermin that attach themselves to the rich.  1409
 
  There never has been a nation that has not looked upon woman as the companion or the consolation of man, or as the sacred instrument of his life, and that has not honored her in those characters.
A. de Musset.    
  1410
 
  Men are like money: we must take them for their value, whatever may be the effigy.
Mme. Necker.    
  1411
 
  Words really flattering are not those which we prepare, but those which escape us unthinkingly.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1412
 
  Woman lives by sentiment, man by action.
Balzac.    
  1413
 
  There is no endurable slavery but that of the heart.  1414
 
  Great minds comprehend more in a word, a look, a pressure of the hand, than ordinary men in long conversations, or the most elaborate correspondence.
Lavater.    
  1415
 
  Woman is the altar of love.  1416
 
  The laws of love unite man and woman so strongly that no human laws can separate them.
Balzac.    
  1417
 
  Who of us has not shed tears over the tomb of a loved one!
Chateaubriand.    
  1418
 
  What is the world, or its opinion, to him who has studied in the lives of men the mysteries of their egotism and perfidy! He knows that the best and most generous hearts are often forced to tread the thorny paths, where insults and outrages are heaped upon them!
George Sand.    
  1419
 
  Success is a fruit slow to ripen.  1420
 
  He who never leaves his country is full of prejudices.  1421
 
  There is something of woman in everything that pleases.
Dupaty.    
  1422
 
  The best philosophy to employ toward the world is to alloy the sarcasm of gayety with the indulgence of contempt.
Chamfort.    
  1423
 
  The friends of our friends are our friends.
Proverb.    
  1424
 
  Men do not always love those they esteem; women, on the contrary, esteem only those they love.
S. Dubay.    
  1425
 
  When I cast my bread to the birds on the shores, the waves seemed to say: Hope! for, when thou comest to want, God will return thy bread! God still owes it to me.
Hégésippe Moreau.    
  1426
 
  It is a misfortune for a woman never to be loved, but it is a humiliation to be loved no more.
Montesquieu.    
  1427
 
  Fortune and caprice govern the world.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1428
 
  The same conditions should be made in marriage that are made in the case of houses that one rents for a term of three, six, or nine years, with the privilege of becoming the purchaser if the house suits.
Prince de Ligne.    
  1429
 
  The way to make friendships that will last long is to be long in making them.  1430
 
  Circumstances do not make men: they discover them.
Lamennais.    
  1431
 
  One should choose a wife with the ears, rather than with the eyes.
Proverb.    
  1432
 
  The less clothing Love wears, the warmer he is.  1433
 
  Shallow men speak of the past, wise men of the present, and fools of the future.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1434
 
  Love seldom dies a sudden death
Saurin.    
  1435
 
  Venus was the daughter of the waves. She gave birth to Love: we can expect nothing but tempest from a daughter of the sea.  1436
 
  Marriage was instituted as a penance for the sins of celibacy.  1437
 
  For a woman to be at once a coquette and a bigot is more than the meekest of husbands can bear: women should mercifully choose between the two.
La Bruyère.    
  1438
 
  Remembrance of the dead soon fades. Alas! in their tombs, they decay more slowly than in our hearts.
Victor Hugo.    
  1439
 
  When we read that the lost sheep is preferred to the rest of the flock, we are tempted to think that penitence is preferable to innocence.  1440
 
  There are hypocrites of vices as well as of virtues.
Duclos.    
  1441
 
  Take the first advice of a woman, not the second.
Proverb.    
  1442
 
  Marriage is a treaty in which the conditions should be mutual.
Balzac.    
  1443
 
  Love is the sweetest of errors—an error of the heart, of which it is cruel to be disabused.  1444
 
  A misanthrope was told of a young friend of his: “Your friend has no experience of the world; he knows nothing about it.” “True; but he is already as sad as if he knew all about it.”  1445
 
  Paradise is open to all kind hearts. God welcomes whoever has dried tears, either under the crown of the martyrs, or under wreaths of flowers.
Béranger.    
  1446
 
  Men say more evil of women than they think: it is the contrary with women toward men.
S. Dubay.    
  1447
 
  When we imagine that we love, it is the presence of the loved one that deceives us: when we truly love, it is absence that proves it.
Lingrée.    
  1448
 
  The presence of a young girl is like the presence of a flower: the one gives its perfume to all that approach it, the other her grace to all who surround her.
L. Desnoyers.    
  1449
 
  Love, that is but an episode in the life of man, is the entire story of the life of woman.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1450
 
  Love is the sovereign of youth and the tyrant of age.  1451
 
  Virginity of the heart, alas! so soon ravished! sweet dreams! expectations of happiness and of love! fresh illusions of the morning of life! why do you not last till the end of the day!
Gavarni.    
  1452
 
  Romances are not in books, they are in life.  1453
 
  Youth is like those verdant forests tormented by winds: it agitates on every side the abundant gifts of nature, and some profound murmur always reigns in its foliage.
M. de Guérin.    
  1454
 
  When two beings are united by love, all social conventionalities are suspended.
Balzac.    
  1455
 
  Truth is the skeleton of appearances.
A. de Musset.    
  1456
 
  None have lived without shedding tears.
Voltaire.    
  1457
 
  People who love each other most before marriage, are sometimes those who love each other least after it.
A. Dupuy.    
  1458
 
  Oh! why is daily bread indispensable to the poet and to the artist! This inexorable necessity darkens for them the joys of nature and the radiations of the beautiful.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  1459
 
  Women never lie more astutely than when they tell the truth to those who do not believe them.  1460
 
  The eye is the messenger of the heart.  1461
 
  Quarrels of lovers—renewals of love.
Proverb.    
  1462
 
  Limited in his nature, infinite in his desires, man is a fallen god who remembers heaven.
Lamartine.    
  1463
 
  A woman who has not seen her lover for the whole day considers that day lost for her: the tenderest of men considers it only lost for love.
Mme. de Salm.    
  1464
 
  Man thinks, and, at once, becomes the master of the beings that do not think.
Buffon.    
  1465
 
  We have sometimes loved so much that there is nothing left in our hearts that enables us to love again.
Rochebrune.    
  1466
 
  It is always imprudent to marry a woman for love in whose bosom you inspire none.
Mme. d’Arconville.    
  1467
 
  Life is a desert waste: to beguile the ennui of the journey across it, heaven gave us the kiss.
S. Maréchal.    
  1468
 
  Women ask if a man is discreet, as men ask if a woman is pretty.  1469
 
  Friendship makes more happy marriages than love does.  1470
 
  What old men can do always falls short of what they desire.
A. Ricard.    
  1471
 
  In love, old wood burns better than green.  1472
 
  The art of conversation consists less in showing one’s own wit than in giving opportunity for the display of the wit of others.
La Bruyère.    
  1473
 
  We take less pains to be happy than to appear so.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1474
 
  The art of putting the right men in the right places is first in the science of government; but, that of finding places for the discontented is the most difficult.
Talleyrand.    
  1475
 
  One writes well only of what he has seen or suffered.
De Goncourt.    
  1476
 
  Old men who preserve the desires of youth lose in consideration what they gain in ridicule.
Napoleon I.    
  1477
 
  Only the victims of love know how to soften its pains.
Mme. de Graffigny.    
  1478
 
  It takes twenty years to bring man from the state of embryo, and from that of a mere animal, as he is in his first infancy, to the point when his reason begins to dawn. It has taken thirty centuries to know his structure; it would take eternity to know something of his soul: it takes but an instant to kill him.
Voltaire.    
  1479
 
  Esteem is the strongest of all sympathies.
B. de Girardin.    
  1480
 
  One could make a great book of what has not been said.
Rivarol.    
  1481
 
  Equality is not a law of nature. Nature has made no two things equal: its sovereign law is subordination and dependence.
Vauvenargues.    
  1482
 
  To be happy, one must ask neither the how nor the why of life.  1483
 
  With time and patience, the mulberry-leaf becomes satin.
Proverb.    
  1484
 
  Virtue has many preachers, but few martyrs.
Helvétius.    
  1485
 
  To make love when one is young and fair is a venial sin: it is a mortal sin when one is old and ugly.
De Bernis.    
  1486
 
  The hell for women who are only handsome is old age.
Saint-Evremond.    
  1487
 
  A woman would be in despair if nature had formed her as fashion makes her appear.
Mlle. de Lespinasse.    
  1488
 
  Most women caress sin before embracing penitence.
Fontenelle.    
  1489
 
  Solitude is the consolation of hearts betrayed.  1490
 
  In love, she who gives her portrait promises the original.
A. Dupuy.    
  1491
 
  All our dignity lies in our thoughts.
Pascal.    
  1492
 
  With women, friendship ends when rivalry begins.  1493
 
  “Respect my independence! Lisette alone has the right to smile when I say: I am independent!”
Béranger.    
  1494
 
  It costs more to satisfy a vice than to feed a family.
Balzac.    
  1495
 
  Prudery is often the mantle chosen to conceal triumphant vice.  1496
 
  There are but three classes of men: the retrograde, the stationary, the progressive.
Lavater.    
  1497
 
  Republics come to an end by luxurious habits; monarchies by poverty.
Montesquieu.    
  1498
 
  Solitude is the religion of the soul.
A. Dumas père.    
  1499
 
  Often a man is irregular in his conduct solely because his position does not allow him the monotonous pleasures of marriage.
La Beaumelle.    
  1500
 
  Friendship between women is only a suspension of hostilities.  1501
 
  We ought to die when we are no longer loved.
Mme. Sophie Gray.    
  1502
 
  It is the path of the passions that has conducted me to philosophy.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1503
 
  A great fondness for animals often results from a knowledge of men.  1504
 
  Love is rather the god of sensation than of sensibility.
Ninon de Lenclos.    
  1505
 
  In a tête-ô-tête, we are never more interrupted than when we say nothing.
Mlle. de Lespinasse.    
  1506
 
  The woman who throws herself at a man’s head will soon find her place at his feet.
L. Desnoyers.    
  1507
 
  Prayer is the dew of the soul ravaged by adversity, and oftentimes the only bread of the poor.
A. Poincelot.    
  1508
 
  We dream such beautiful dreams, that we often lose all our happiness when we perceive that they are only dreams.  1509
 
  Joy is the ray of sunshine that brightens and opens those two beautiful flowers, Confidence and Hope.
E. Souvestre.    
  1510
 
  There is but one kind of love, but there are a thousand different copies of it.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1511
 
  To invite a guest is to take the responsibility of his happiness during his stay under our roof.
Brillat-Savarin.    
  1512
 
  He who can not govern his passions should kill them, as we kill a horse when we can not master it.
Chamfort.    
  1513
 
  To talk in a tête-ô-tête of the mysteries of love, is to play with fire on a barrel of gunpowder.
Lévis.    
  1514
 
  A woman can not guarantee her heart, even though her husband be the greatest and most perfect of men.
George Sand.    
  1515
 
  Folly always deserves its misfortunes.
A. Préault.    
  1516
 
  Woman seldom hesitates to sacrifice the honest man who loves her, without pleasing her, to the libertine who pleases her, without loving her.
A. Ricard.    
  1517
 
  Spring is the painter of the earth.
Alcuin.    
  1518
 
  What saves the virtue of many a woman is that protecting god, the impossible.
Balzac.    
  1519
 
  We always find wit and merit in those who look at us with admiration.  1520
 
  O Love! when thou findest thy true apostles on earth united in kisses, thou commandest their eyelids to close like veils, that they may not see their happiness!
A. de Musset.    
  1521
 
  A woman and her servant, acting in accord, would outwit a dozen devils.
Proverb.    
  1522
 
  Nature tempts us continually, but we are not responsible for the sin, unless our reasoning gives its consent.
Pascal.    
  1523
 
  If women are naturally more superstitious than men, it is because they are more sensitive and less enlightened.
Beauchéne.    
  1524
 
  There are none who are truly virtuous, but those who have combated.  1525
 
  “The difference between you and me,” said a philosopher, “is that you say to masked hypocrites, ‘I know you,’ while I leave them with the idea that they have deceived me.”
Chamfort.    
  1526
 
  Some women are so just and discerning that they never see an opportunity to be generous.  1527
 
  As we grow old, we grow more foolish and more wise.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1528
 
  A royal court without women is like a year without spring, a spring without flowers.
Francis I. of France.    
  1529
 
  Very few people know what love is, and very few of those that do, tell of it.
Mme. Guizot.    
  1530
 
  The miser is poor to the extent of all that he has not yet acquired.  1531
 
  Suspense, of all the torments, is the most difficult to endure.
A. de Musset.    
  1532
 
  A woman full of faith in the one she loves is but a novelist’s fancy.
Balzac.    
  1533
 
  Grief has two forms of expression, laughter and tears; and tears are not the saddest.
L. Blanc.    
  1534
 
  There are some illusions that are like the light of the day: when lost, everything disappears with them.
Mme. Dufresnoy.    
  1535
 
  “He swore to me an eternal love. Eternity has lasted but one morning!”
Millevoye.    
  1536
 
  Ignorance is less distant from truth than prejudice.
Diderot.    
  1537
 
  To a woman, the romances she makes are more amusing than those she reads.
T. Gautier.    
  1538
 
  Life is long enough for him who knows how to use it. Working and thinking extend its limits.
Voltaire.    
  1539
 
  The best woman in the world is the one we love.  1540
 
  Provocation is a play of coquetry of which virtue often pays the penalty.
Lingrée.    
  1541
 
  Frankness consists in always telling the truth, but not always all the truth.  1542
 
  Pretty women are like sovereigns: one flatters them only through interest.  1543
 
  However old a conjugal union, it still garners some sweetness. Winter has some cloudless days, and under the snow a few flowers still bloom.
Mme. de Staël.    
  1544
 
  There are no women to whom virtue comes easier than those who possess no attractions.  1545
 
  A lover who is no longer loved is still good for something: he serves to hide the one who has replaced him.  1546
 
  Life is a mournful silence in which the heart ever calls.
Lamartine.    
  1547
 
  Woman conceals only what she does not know.
Proverb.    
  1548
 
  Sin is not so sinful as hypocrisy.
Mme. de Maintenon.    
  1549
 
  Nowadays, those who love nature are accused of being romantic.
Chamfort.    
  1550
 
  Stupid stoics! you want to change man, and you destroy him!
Voltaire.    
  1551
 
  A lover is a herald who proclaims the merit, the wit, or the beauty of a woman: what does a husband proclaim?
Balzac.    
  1552
 
  When we do good to our fellow sufferers, we invest in a savings-bank from which the heart receives the interest.
E. Souvestre.    
  1553
 
  Love is—I know not what; which comes—I know not whence; which is formed—I know not how; which enchants—I know not by what; and which ends—I know not when or why.
Mlle. de Scudéri.    
  1554
 
  A lover is loved most, a wife best, a mother always.  1555
 
  Do not trust a woman, even when dead.
Proverb.    
  1556
 
  To-day, we are all adrift, having nothing more either to venerate or to believe.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  1557
 
  Women are demons that make us enter hell through the door of paradise.  1558
 
  Bachelors are the freebooters of marriage.
Balzac.    
  1559
 
  Hope is a loan made to happiness.  1560
 
  We all drink at the spring of happiness in a fractured vase: when it reaches our lips, there is almost nothing left in it.
Mme. du Deffand.    
  1561
 
  When a woman is no longer attractive she ceases to be inconstant.  1562
 
  All men have desires, but all men have not love.  1563
 
  Every mortal is relieved by speaking of his misfortunes.
A. Chénier.    
  1564
 
  Love extinguished can be rekindled: love worn out—never.  1565
 
  From the day one can not conceal a defect, one exaggerates it.
Alfred Bougeart.    
  1566
 
  A brother is a friend given by nature.
G. Legouvé.    
  1567
 
  The love of the past is often but the hatred of the present.
Dorion.    
  1568
 
  God created in our misery the kisses of children for the tears of mothers.
E. Legouvé.    
  1569
 
  One may ruin himself by frankness, but one surely dishonors himself by duplicity.
Vieillard.    
  1570
 
  The greatest of all sins is the sin of love: it is so great that it takes two persons to commit it.
Cardinal Le Camus.    
  1571
 
  What renders the vanity of others unbearable to us is the wound it inflicts on ours.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1572
 
  Idleness is not a vice: it is a rust that destroys all virtues.
Due de Nemours.    
  1573
 
  If a woman says to you, “I will never see you again!” hope; but, if she says, “Notwithstanding, I shall always see you with pleasure”—travel.  1574
 
  There are some passions so sweet that they excuse all the follies they provoke.
Rochebrune.    
  1575
 
  The husband who is not loved will pay for it dearly, some day.
Proverb.    
  1576
 
  Hope, deceitful as it is, carries us agreeably through life.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1577
 
  The remembrance of the tears I have shed is the only good left me in the world.
A. de Musset.    
  1578
 
  The greatest misfortune one can wish his enemy is that he may love without being loved in return.
Labouisse.    
  1579
 
  Love may be found in the heart of an anchorite: never in the heart of a libertine.
E. Legouvé.    
  1580
 
  How many have died without having given even one kiss to their chimera!
T. Gautier.    
  1581
 
  Woman is a charming creature who changes her heart as easily as her gloves.
Balzac.    
  1582
 
  Hypocrisy has become a fashionable vice, and every fashionable vice passes for a virtue.
Molière.    
  1583
 
  The loss of illusions is the death of the soul.
Chamfort.    
  1584
 
  Sensitive beings are not sensible beings.
Balzac.    
  1585
 
  Women are coquettes by profession.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1586
 
  The discovery of a new dish does more for the happiness of man than the discovery of a star.
Brillat-Savarin.    
  1587
 
  Can we not seek the author of life but in the obscure labyrinth of theology?
Voltaire.    
  1588
 
  Heaven protect me from my friends; I will protect myself against my enemies.
Proverb.    
  1589
 
  Love is the harvest of beauty.  1590
 
  Pleasure is the flower that passes; remembrance, the lasting perfume.
Boufflers.    
  1591
 
  Marriage is sometimes only a long quarrel.  1592
 
  Any confidence is dangerous that is not complete.
La Bruyère.    
  1593
 
  There are no marriages in paradise—thank Heaven!  1594
 
  Nothing makes old people who have been attractive more ridiculous than to forget that they are so no longer.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1595
 
  To live with our enemies as if they may some time become our friends, and to live with our friends as if they may some time become our enemies, is not a moral but a political maxim.  1596
 
  Hope is so sweet with its golden wings, that, at his last sigh, man still implores it.
De la Pena.    
  1597
 
  Lovers who dispute adore.
Proverb.    
  1598
 
  The Creator, in obliging man to eat, invites him by appetite, and rewards him with pleasure.
Brillat-Savarin.    
  1599
 
  Love is a malicious blind boy, who seeks to blind the eyes of his guide, that both may go astray together.  1600
 
  Celebrity: the advantage of being known to those who do not know us.
Chamfort.    
  1601
 
  A woman whose ruling passion is not vanity is superior to any man of equal capacity.
Lavater.    
  1602
 
  One is never criminal in obeying the voice of Nature.
Balzac.    
  1603
 
  There are more men who have missed opportunities than there are who have lacked opportunities.
La Beaumelle.    
  1604
 
  Mediocre minds usually condemn what is beyond the reach of their understanding.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1605
 
  Love is the dawn of marriage, and marriage is the sunset of love.  1606
 
  If there were a people of gods, they would govern themselves democratically: so perfect a government is not suitable to men.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1607
 
  Women are priestesses of the unknown.  1608
 
  If I held all truths in my hand, I would beware of opening it to men.
Fontenelle.    
  1609
 
  Radicalism is but the desperation of logic.
Lamartine.    
  1610
 
  The worst of all countries is the one in which we have no friends.  1611
 
  The most chaste woman may be the most voluptuous, if she loves.
Mirabeau.    
  1612
 
  Love, which is such a little thing, is still the most serious thing in life.
Lemontey.    
  1613
 
  There are few souls who are so vigorously organized as to be able to maintain themselves in the calm of a strong resolve: all honest consciences are capable of the generosity of a day, but almost all succumb the next morning under the effort of the sacrifice.
George Sand.    
  1614
 
  There are women so hard to please that it seems as if nothing less than an angel will suit them: hence it comes that they often meet with devils.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1615
 
  It is sweet to die young! It is sweet to render to God a life still full of illusions!
A. Chénier.    
  1616
 
  Self-love is a balloon filled with wind, from which tempests emerge when pricked.
Voltaire.    
  1617
 
  To amuse the public: what a sad vocation for a man who thinks!  1618
 
  The astronomer thinks of the stars, the naturalist of nature, the philosopher of himself.
Fontenelle.    
  1619
 
  To love is to ask of another the happiness that is lacking in ourselves.
Rochepèdre.    
  1620
 
  If man knew well what life is, he would not give it so inconsiderately.
Mme. Roland.    
  1621
 
  The things of the earth are not worth our attachment to them.
Nicole.    
  1622
 
  Woman is a delightful musical instrument, of which love is the bow, and man the artist.
Stendhal.    
  1623
 
  Conscience is the voice of the soul; passion, the voice of the body.
J. J. Rousseau.    
  1624
 
  One triumphs over calumny only by disdaining it.
Mme. de Maintenon.    
  1625
 
  In this advanced century, a girl of sixteen knows as much as her mother, and enjoys her knowledge much more.  1626
 
  Virtue is the politeness of the soul.
Balzac.    
  1627
 
  Self-love is always the mainspring, more or less concealed, of our actions; it is the wind which swells the sails, without which the ship could not go
Mme. du Châtelet.    
  1628
 
  The greatest evidence of demoralization is the respect paid to wealth.  1629
 
  There is among men such intense affectation that they often boast of defects which they have not, more willingly than of qualities which they have.
George Sand.    
  1630
 
  The best lesson is that of example.
La Harpe.    
  1631
 
  “The French Guard dies, but does not surrender!” (General Cambronne, at Waterloo.)
  Women surrender, and do not die.
Ch. de Bernard.    
  1632
 
  There is more merit in subduing a passion than in avenging an injury.
Mascaron.    
  1633
 
  It is a great misfortune not to have enough wit to speak well, or not enough judgment to keep silent.
La Bruyère.    
  1634
 
  Love is blind: that is why he always proceeds by the sense of touch.  1635
 
  What has become of those personages who made so much noise in the world? Time has made one step, and the face of the earth is renewed.
Chateaubriand.    
  1636
 
  A gilded bit does not make the horse better.
Proverb.    
  1637
 
  A man who is pleased with no one is more unhappy than he who pleases no one.
De Saint-Réal.    
  1638
 
  In love, the husband sees but the statue: the soul is shown only to the lover.
Crébillon.    
  1639
 
  Evil is so common in the world that it is easy to believe it natural to man.
F. Soulié.    
  1640
 
  Every man holds in his hand a stone to throw at us in adversity.
Mme. Bachi.    
  1641
 
  Heroes are men who set out to be demi-gods in their own eyes, and who end by being so at certain moments by dint of despising and combating all humanity.
George Sand.    
  1642
 
  How many coward passions hide themselves under the mask of puritanism!
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  1643
 
  Politeness is the expression or imitation of social virtues.
Duclos.    
  1644
 
  Woman: man’s first domicile.
Diderot.    
  1645
 
  “I will love you always!” This is the eternal lie that lovers tell with the greatest sincerity.  1646
 
  Sympathy is a relationship of the heart and mind: between two persons of different sex the senses enter the relationship.
A. Dupuy.    
  1647
 
  Very few people know how to enjoy life. Some say to themselves: “I do this or that, therefore I am amused: I have paid so many pieces of gold, hence I feel so much pleasure”; and they wear away their lives on that grindstone.
A. de Musset.    
  1648
 
  Love renders chaste the most voluptuous pleasures.
Virey.    
  1649
 
  At every stage of life he reaches, man finds himself but a novice.
Chamfort.    
  1650
 
  It is strange that thought should depend upon the stomach, and still that men with the best stomachs are not always the best thinkers.
Voltaire.    
  1651
 
  The ambitious do not belong to themselves: they are the slaves of the world.  1652
 
  The passions are the celestial fire that vivifies the moral world. It is to them that the arts and sciences owe their discoveries, and man the elevation of his position.
Helvétius.    
  1653
 
  Glances in a young woman are charming interpreters, which express what the lips would not dare to speak.  1654
 
  Men marry to make an end; women, to make a beginning.
A. Dupuy.    
  1655
 
  Their avenging God! rancorous torturer who burns his creatures in slow fire! When they tell me that God made himself a man, I prefer to recognize a man who made himself a god.
A. de Musset.    
  1656
 
  In love, if inconstancy gives some pleasure, constancy alone gives happiness.
Trublet.    
  1657
 
  Most women proceed like the flea, by leaps and jumps.
Balzac.    
  1658
 
  The first tear of love that one causes to be shed is a diamond, the second a pearl, the third—a tear.
A. Poincelot.    
  1659
 
  Life is arid and terrible; repose is a chimera; prudence useless; reason itself serves only to dry up the heart. There is but one virtue—the eternal sacrifice of self.
George Sand.    
  1660
 
  Was man made to disdain the gifts of nature? Was he placed on earth but to gather bitter fruits? For whom are the flowers the gods cause to bloom at the feet of mortals? It pleases Providence when we abandon ourselves to the different inclinations that He has given us: our duties come from His laws, and our desires from His inspirations.  1661
 
  Prejudice, vanity, calculation: these are what govern the world.
Chamfort.    
  1662
 
  What prevents us from being natural is the desire to appear so.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1663
 
  Life is a disease of which sleep relieves us; it is but a palliative: death is the remedy.
Chamfort.    
  1664
 
  People call eloquence the facility that some have in speaking alone and for a great length of time.
Pascal.    
  1665
 
  Women are like melons: it is only after having tasted them that we know whether they are good or not.
F. Soulié.    
  1666
 
  The morals of to-day are made up of appearances.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  1667
 
  The coquette compromises her reputation, and sometimes saves her virtue: the prude, on the contrary, often sacrifices her honor in secret, and preserves it in public opinion.
Mme. du Bocage.    
  1668
 
  We should often be ashamed of our best actions if the world saw the motives which inspire us.
La Rochefoucauld.    
  1669
 
  God has put into the heart of man love and the boldness to sue, and into the heart of woman fear and the courage to refuse.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1670
 
  It is dangerous to say to the people that their laws are unjust, for they obey them only because they believe them just.
Pascal.    
  1671
 
  When a woman invokes her reason, it is a sure sign that she will listen to her heart.  1672
 
  Nowadays enthusiasm is accounted folly; truth, cynicism; dissimulation, self-control; stiffness of manners, dignity; deception, cleverness; hypocrisy, decency; selfishness, economy; freedom of thought, effrontery; and superstition, the prop of human morals. What progress in language!  1673
 
  There are no more thorough prudes than those women who have some little secret to hide.
George Sand.    
  1674
 
  Physical beauty in man has become as rare as his moral beauty has always been.
Mme. Louise Colet.    
  1675
 
  We should love our friends as true amateurs love pictures: they keep their eyes perpetually fixed on the fine points, and do not see the defects.
Mme. Dufresnoy.    
  1676
 
  All women are fond of minds that inhabit fine bodies, and of souls that have fine eyes.
J. Joubert.    
  1677
 
  Love is a disease that kills nobody, but one whose time has come.
Marguerite de Valois.    
  1678
 
  Of all the gifts that Nature can give us, the faculty of remaining silent, or of answering ô propos, is perhaps the most useful.
Mme. Campan.    
  1679
 
  Life is as a slate where all our sins are written: from time to time we rub the sponge of repentance over it, in order to begin to sin anew.  1680
 
  Strength with men is insensibility, greatness is pride, and calmness is indifference.
George Sand.    
  1681
 
  Women complain of the lack of virtue in men, and do not esteem those who are too strictly virtuous.
Blondel.    
  1682
 
  Thou makest the man, O Sorrow! Yes, the whole man, as the crucible gold!
Lamartine.    
  1683
 
  Love is the union of a want and a sentiment.
Balzac.    
  1684
 
  Manners, morals, customs change: the passions are always the same.
Mme. de Flahaut.    
  1685
 
  Jest with life: for that only is it good.
Voltaire.    
  1686
 
  
Conclusively

One loves because he loves: this explanation is, as yet, the most serious and the most decisive that has been found for the solution of this problem.
  1687
 
  Society, that distills so many poisons, resembles that serpent of India whose abode is the leaf of the plant that cures its bite: society usually offers a remedy for the sufferings it causes.
A. de Musset.    
  1688
 
  After having said, read, and written what we have of women, what is the fact? In good faith, it is this: they are handsomer, more amiable, more essential, more worthy, and have more sensibility than we. All the faults that we reproach in them do not cause as much evil as one of ours. And, then, are their faults not due to our despotism, injustice, and self-love?
Prince de Ligne.    
  1689
 
  “O God, whom the world misjudges, and whom everything declares! listen to the last words that my lips pronounce! If I have wandered, it was in seeking Thy law. My heart may go astray, but it is full of Thee! I see, without alarm, eternity appear; and I can not think that a God who has given me life, that a God who has poured so many blessings on my days, will, now that my days are done, torment me for ever!”
The last prayer of Voltaire.    
  1690
 
  Everything is for the best, in this best of possible worlds.
Proverb.
  1691
 
 
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