Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    



I cannot give advice in the matters of marriage and religion. I do not want people to suffer because of me.
By theme : Behavior   Marriage   Religion  

The vulgar only laugh, but never smile; whereas well-bred people often smile, but seldom laugh.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology  

Wrongs are often forgiven, but contempt never is. Our pride remembers it forever.
By theme : Relations  

Wit is so shining a quality that everybody admires it; most people aim at it, all people fear it, and few love it unless in themselves. A man must have a good share of wit himself to endure a great share of it in another.
By theme : Psychology   Thought   Wit  

Physical ills are the taxes laid upon this wretched life; some are taxed higher, and some lower, but all pay something.
By theme : Life  

When a person is in fashion, all they do is right.
By theme : Fashion   Person  

There is nothing that people bear more impatiently or forgive less, than contempt: and an injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
By theme : Psychology   Relations  

Inferiority is what you enjoy in your best friends.
By theme : Friendship   Relations  

If you can once engage people`s pride, love, pity, ambition on your side, you need not fear what their reason can do against you.
By theme : Behavior   Reason  

Women are much more alike than men; they have, in truth, but two passions, vanity and love; these are their universal characteristics.
By theme : Behavior   Men   Women  

Women and young men are very apt to tell what secrets they know from the vanity of having been intrusted.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology  

Never hold anyone by the button or the hand in order to be heard out; for if people are unwilling to hear you, you had better hold your tongue than them.
By theme : Behavior   Relations  

Good humor is the health of the soul, sadness is its poison.
By theme : Health   Humor   Psychology  

If a fool knows a secret, he tells it because he is a fool; if a knave knows one, he tells it wherever it is his interest to tell it.
By theme : Behavior  

Learning is acquired by reading books; but the much more necessary learning, the knowledge of the world, is only to be acquired by reading men and studying all the various editions of them.
By theme : Education   Thought   Wisdom  

An injury is much sooner forgotten than an insult.
By theme : Relations  

The rich are always advising the poor, but the poor seldom return the compliment.
By theme : Wealth  

Vice, in its true light, is so deformed, that it shocks us at first sight; and would hardly ever seduce us, if it did not at first wear the mask of some virtue.
By theme : Vice  

Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
By theme : Wisdom   Youth  

A weak mind is like a microscope, which magnifies trifling things but cannot receive great ones.
By theme : Knowledge   Psychology   Thought  

 
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