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It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.
 

Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
 

Love has its own instinct, finding the way to the heart, as the feeblest insect finds the way to its flower, with a will which nothing can dismay nor turn aside.
 

Love is a game in which one always cheats.
[Love]
 

Love is the poetry of the senses.
[Love]
 

Love is to the moral nature what the sun is to the earth.
[Love]
 

Love may be or it may not, but where it is, it ought to reveal itself in its immensity.
 

Love or hatred must constantly increase between two persons who are always together; every moment fresh reasons are found for loving or hating better.
 

Lovers have a way of using this word, nothing, which implies exactly the opposite.
 

Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
 

Many men are deeply moved by the mere semblance of suffering in a woman; they take the look of pain for a sign of constancy or of love.
 

Marriage must incessantly contend with a monster that devours everything: familiarity.
[Marriage]
 

Men die in despair, while spirits die in ecstasy.
 

Misfortune makes of certain souls a vast desert through which rings the voice of God.
[Misfortune]
 

Modesty is the conscience of the body.
[Modesty]
 

Nature makes only dumb animals. We owe the fools to society.
 

Necessity is often the spur to genius.
[Adversity]
 

No man should marry until he has studied anatomy and dissected at least one woman.
 

Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
 

Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
[Self Confidence]
 


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