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The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
 

The habits of life form the soul, and the soul forms the countenance.
 

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
 

The life of a man who deliberately runs through his fortune often becomes a business speculation; his friends, his pleasures, patrons, and acquaintances are his capital.
 

The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
[Marriage]
 

The man as he converses is the lover; silent, he is the husband.
 

The man whose action habitually bears the stamp of his mind is a genius, but the greatest genius is not always equal to himself, or he would cease to be human.
[Action]
 

The more one judges, the less one loves.
[Judgment]
 

The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
 

The motto of chivalry is also the motto of wisdom; to serve all, but love only one.
[Love]
 

The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
 

There are moments in life when all that we can bear is the sense that our friend is near us; our wounds would wince at consoling words that would reveal the depths of our pain.
 

There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
 

There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
[Willpower]
 

There is something great and terrible about suicide.
 

Those who spend too fast never grow rich.
 

Thought is a key to all treasures; the miser's gains are ours without his cares. Thus I have soared above this world, where my enjoyment have been intellectual joys.
 

To feel, to love, to suffer, to devote herself will aways be the text of the life of a woman.
 

To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
 

To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
[Laughter]
 


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