Old people like to give good advice, as solace for no longer being able to provide bad examples.
It is a great ability to be able to conceal one's ability.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person
We always like those who admire us we do not always like those whom we admire.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them.
Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.
Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with.
Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name.
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune.
The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.