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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
Of the Family
By Joseph Joubert (1754–1824)
 
Translation of Thomas Wentworth Higginson

WE should choose for a wife only such a woman as we should choose for a friend were she a man.  1
 
  Nothing does a woman so much honor as her patience, and nothing so little as the patience of her husband.  2
 
  We should wear our velvet inside; that is, be most amiable to those with whom we dwell at home.  3
 
  The pleasure of pleasing is a legitimate one, and the desire to rule repulsive.  4
 
  We should carry with us that indulgence and that habit of attention which call the thoughts of others into bloom.  5
 
  We should pique ourselves on being reasonable, not on being right; on sincerity, not infallibility.  6
 
  It is better to win than to command.  7
 
  Before speaking ill of an eminent man, it might be well to wait till he has done ill.  8
 
  A small supply of everything, a surfeit of nothing,—this is the key to moderation, wisdom, and content.  9
 
 
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