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If a man of sober habits, moderate, chaste, and just in all his dealings should assert there is no God, he would at least speak without interested motives; but such a man is not to be found.
[Atheism]
 

If it be true that in showing pity and compassion we think of ourselves, because we fear to be one day or another in the same circumstances as those unfortunate people for whom we feel, why are the latter so sparingly relieved by us of their condition?
 

If our life is unhappy it is painful to bear; if it is happy it is horrible to lose, So the one is pretty equal to the other.
 

If poverty is the mother of crime, lack of good sense is the father.
[Crime]
 

If some persons died, and others did not die, death would be a terrible affliction.
 

If you suppress the exorbitant love of pleasure and money, idle curiosity, iniquitous purpose, and wanton mirth, what a stillness would there be in the greatest cities.
 

If you wish to be held in esteem, you must associate only with those who are estimable.
[Associates]
 

It is a proof of boorishness to confer a favor with a bad grace. - How little does a smile cost!
 

It is a sad thing when men have neither the wit to speak well, nor judgment to hold their tongues.
[Talking]
 

It is easier to enrich ourselves with a thousand virtues, than to correct ourselves of a single fault.
[Reform]
 

It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not.
 

It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.
[Ancestry]
 

It is hard for a haughty man ever to forgive one that has caught him in a fault, and whom he knows has reason to complain of him: his resentment never subsides till he has regained the advantage he has lost, and found means to make the other do him equal wrong.
[Forgiveness]
 

It is motive alone that gives character to the actions of men.
[Motives]
 

It is quite as much of a trade to make a book, as to make a clock. - It requires more than mere genius to be an author.
 

It is very rare to find ground which produces nothing. - If it is not covered with flowers, fruit trees, and grains, it produces briars and pines. - It is the same with man; if he is not virtuous, he becomes vicious.
 

It is worse to apprehend than to suffer.
[Anticipation]
 

It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men.
 

Let us not envy some men their accumulated riches; their burden would be too heavy for us; we could not sacrifice, as they do, health, quiet, honor, and conscience, to obtain them: it is to pay so dear for them that the bargain is a loss.
[Wealth]
 

Liberality consists less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
 


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