Prosperity is a great teacher; adversity is a greater. Possession pampers the mind; privation trains and strengthens it.
To be happy, we must be true to nature and carry our age along with us.
Cunning is the art of concealing our own defects, and discovering other people's weaknesses.
One shining quality lends a lustre to another, or hides some glaring defect.
Fame is the inheritance not of the dead, but of the living. It is we who look back with lofty pride to the great names of antiquity.
The only vice that cannot be forgiven is hypocrisy. The repentance of a hypocrite is itself hypocrisy.
The perfect joys of heaven do not satisfy the cravings of nature.
The soul of a journey is liberty, perfect liberty, to think, feel, do just as one pleases.
Learning is its own exceeding great reward.
The art of life is to know how to enjoy a little and to endure very much.
The truly proud man knows neither superiors nor inferiors. The first he does not admit of; the last he does not concern himself about.
I should like to spend the whole of my life in traveling abroad, if I could anywhere borrow another life to spend afterwards at home.