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Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
 

Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
 

One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
[Marriage]
 

Our most bitter enemies are our own kith and kin. Kings have no brothers, no sons, no mother!
 

Our worst misfortunes never happen, and most miseries lie in anticipation.
[Worry]
 

Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
[Passion]
 

Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
 

Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
[Action]
 

Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
 

Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
 

Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
 

Solitude is fine, but you need someone to tell you that solitude is fine.
 

Some one speaks admirably of the well-ripened fruit of sage delay.
 

Some troubles, like a protested note of a solvent debtor, bear interest.
[Forgiveness]
 

Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
 

Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
 

The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
 

The country is provincial; it becomes ridiculous when it tries to ape Paris.
 

The duration of passion is proportionate with the original resistance of the woman.
 

The errors of women spring, almost always, from their faith in the good, or their confidence in the true.
 


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