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Politeness makes one appear outwardly as they should be within.
 

Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.
 

Sudden love takes the longest time to be cured.
 

Supposing men were to live forever in this world, I cannot see how it is possible for them to do more toward their establishment here than they do now.
[World]
 

That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
 

The court is like a palace built of marble - made up of very hard, and very polished materials.
 

The distinguishing trait of people accustomed to good society is a calm, imperturbable quiet which pervades all their actions and habits, from the greatest to the least. They eat in quiet, move in quiet, live in quiet, and lose even their money in quiet; while low persons cannot take up either a spoon or an affront without making an amazing noise about it.
[Manners]
 

The exact contrary of what is generally believed is often the truth.
 

The first day one is a guest, the second a burden, and the third a pest.
 

The generality of men expend the early part of their lives in contributing to render the latter part miserable.
 

The giving is the hardest part; what does it cost to add a smile?
 

The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
 

The great slight the men of wit who have nothing but wit; the men of wit despise the great who have nothing but greatness; the good man pities them both, if with greatness or wit, they have not virtue.
[Virtue]
 

The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.
[Youth]
 

The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.
 

The most delicate, the most sensible of all pleasures, consists in promoting the pleasure of others.
[Pleasure]
 

The most exquisite pleasure is giving pleasure to others.
[Happiness]
 

The nearer we come to great men the more clearly we see that they are only men. They rarely seem great to their valets.
[Greatness]
 

The Opera is obviously the first draft of a fine spectacle; it suggests the idea of one.
 

The passion of hatred is so long lived and so obstinate a malady that the surest sign of death in a sick person is their desire for reconciliation.
[Hatred]
 


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