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People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.

Philosophy, like medicine, has plenty of drugs, few good remedies, and hardly any specific cures.

Preoccupation with money is the great test of small natures, but only a small test of great ones.

Real worth requires no interpreter: its everyday deeds form its emblem.

Scandal is an importunate wasp, against which we must make no movement unless we are quite sure that we can kill it; otherwise it will return to the attack more furious than ever.

Society is composed of two great classes those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners.

Some things are easier to legalize than to legitimate.

Success produces success, just as money produces money.

Swallow a toad in the morning and you will encounter nothing more disgusting the rest of the day.

The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society.

The contemplative life is often miserable. One must act more, think less, and not watch oneself live.

The most wasted day of all is that on which we have not laughed.
[One Day]

The only thing that stops God from sending another flood is that the first one was useless.

The person is always happy who is in the presence of something they cannot know in full. A person as advanced far in the study of morals who has mastered the difference between pride and vanity.

There are certain times when public opinion is the worst of all opinions.

There are more people who wish to be loved than there are who are willing to love.

There are two things that one must get used to or one will find life unendurable: the damages of time and injustices of men.

There are well-dressed foolish ideas just as there are well-dressed fools.

There is a melancholy that stems from greatness.

Whatever evil a man may think of women, there is no woman but thinks more.

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