Aphorisms, sayings and quotes    



Happiness is the perpetual possession of being well deceived.
By theme : Cynicism   Happiness  

When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign that the dunces are all in confederacy against him.
By theme : Society   Person  

Most women like flattery due to a high opinion about themselves.
By theme : Psychology   Women  

One of the best rules in conversation is never to say a thing which any of the company can reasonably wish had been left unsaid.
By theme : Behavior   Relations   Society  

May you live all the days of your life.
By theme : Life  

No wise man ever wished to be younger.
By theme : Wisdom   Youth  

Censure is the tax a man pays to the public for being eminent.
By theme : Relations   Society  

In men desire begets love, and in women love begets desire.
By theme : Love   Men   Relations   Women  

As blushing will sometimes make a whore pass for a virtuous woman, so modesty may make a fool seem a man of sense.
By theme : Behavior   Feelings   Psychology  

The man who can make two ears of corn or two blades of grass grow on the spot where only one grew before, world deserve better of mankind and render more essential service to the country than the whole race of politicians put together.
By theme : Society  

Every creature lives in a state of war by nature.
By theme : Life   Nature   War  

One enemy can do more hurt than ten friends can do good.
By theme : Relations  

Common fluency of speech in many men and most women is owing to a scarcity of matter.
By theme : Men   Psychology   Women  

Pride, ill nature and want of sense are the three great sources of ill manners; without some one of these defects, no man will behave himself ill for want of experience, or what, in the language of fools, is called knowing the world.
By theme : Behavior   Psychology  

Good manners is the art of making those people easy with whom we converse.
By theme : Behavior  

The stoical scheme of supplying our wants by lopping off our desires is like cutting off our feet when we want shoes.
By theme : Truth   Wisdom  

We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.
By theme : Behavior   Religion  

If a proud man makes me keep my distance, the comfort is that he keeps his at the same time.
By theme : Relations   Society  

The reason why so few marriages are happy is because young ladies spend their time in making nets, not in making cages.
By theme : Happiness   Marriage  

Vision is the art of seeing the invisible.
By theme : Art   Creativity  

 
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