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Even beauty cannot palliate eccentricity.
 

Excess of joy is harder to bear than any amount of sorrow.
 

Finance, like time, devours its own children.
 

First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
[Beginnings]
 

For passion, be it observed, brings insight with it; it can give a sort of intelligence to simpletons, fools, and idiots, especially during youth.
 

Great love affairs start with Champagne and end with tisane.
 

Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littlenesses, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
[Hatred]
 

Hope is a light diet, but very stimulating.
[Hope]
 

I believe in the incomprehensibility of God.
[God]
 

I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
 

Ideas devour the ages as men are devoured by their passions. When man is cured, human nature will cure itself perhaps.
 

If those who are the enemies of innocent amusements had the direction of the world, they would take away the spring, and youth, the former from the year, the latter from human life.
[Amusements]
 

If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!
[Art]
 

In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
[Pleasure]
 

It is a singular fact that many men of action incline to the theory of fatalism, while the greater part of men of thought believe in a divine providence.
[Belief]
 

It is as absurd to say that a man can't love one woman all the time as it is to say that a violinist needs several violins to play the same piece of music.
 

It is easier to be a lover than a husband for the simple reason that it is more difficult to be witty every day than to say pretty things from time to time.
 

It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
[Action]
 

It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
 

It is the mark of a great man that he puts to flight all ordinary calculations. He is at once sublime and touching, childlike and of the race of giants.
 


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