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The pleasure of criticism takes from us that of being deeply moved by very beautiful things.

The pleasure we feel in criticizing robs us from being moved by very beautiful things.

The prodigal robs his heir, the miser robs himself. The middle way is, justice to ourselves and others.

The regeneration of society is the regeneration of society by individual education.

The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes.

The sweetest of all sounds is that of the voice of the woman we love.

The town is divided into various groups, which form so many little states, each with its own laws and customs, its jargon and its jokes. While the association holds and the fashion lasts, they admit nothing well said or well done except by one of themselves, and they are incapable of appeciating anything from another source, to the point of despising those who are not initiated into their mysteries.

The very impossibility which I find to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.

The wise person often shuns society for fear of being bored.

There are but three events in a man's life: birth, life and death. He is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.

There are but two ways of rising in the world: either by one's own industry or profiting by the foolishness of others.

There are certain people who so ardently and passionately desire a thing, that from dread of losing it they leave nothing undone to make them lose it.

There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!

There are no ugly women; there are only women who do not know how to look pretty.

There are only three events in a man's life; birth, life, and death; he is not conscious of being born, he dies in pain, and he forgets to live.

There are only two ways of getting on in the world: by one's own industry, or by the stupidity of others.

There are peculiar ways in men, which discover what they are, through the most subtle feints and closest disguise. A blockhead cannot come in, nor go away, nor sit, nor rise, nor stand, like a man of sense.

There is a false modesty, which is vanity; a false glory, which is levity; a false grandeur, which is meanness; a false virtue, which is hypocrisy, and a false wisdom, which is prudery.

There is no business in the world so troublesome as the pursuit of fame: life is over before you have hardly begun your work.

There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience.

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