Contemplation often makes life miserable. We should act more, think less, and stop watching ourselves live.
Most books today seem to have been written overnight from books read that day
The success of many books is due to the affinity between the mediocrity of the author's ideas and those of the public
Chance is a nickname of Providence
In love, everything is true, everything is false; it is the one subject on which one cannot express an absurdity
Change in fashion is the tax which the industry of the poor levies on the vanity of the rich
It must be admitted that there are some parts of the soul which we must entirely paralyze before we can be happy in this world
Love is more pleasant than marriage for the same reason that novels are more amusing than history
Love is the exchange of two fantasies and the contact of two skins.
A man is not necessarily intelligent because he has plenty of ideas any more than he is a good general because he has plenty of soldiers
A woman is like your shadow - follow her, she flies; fly from her, she follows
All passions exaggerate; and they are passions only because they do exaggerate
Passions make men live, knowledge merely makes them last
People are governed with the head; kindness of heart is little use in chess.
Society is composed of two great classes: those who have more dinners than appetite, and those who have more appetite than dinners