As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
A slave has but one master; the ambitious man has as many masters as there are persons whose aide may contribute to the advancement of his fortune.
Cunning leads to knavery. - It is but a step from one to the other, and that very slippery. - Only lying makes the difference; add that to cunning, and it is knavery.
Discretion is the perfection of reason, and a guide to us in all the duties of life.
It is fortunate to come of distinguished ancestry. - It is not less so to be such that people do not care to inquire whether you are of high descent or not.
Silence is the wit of fools.
Love lessens a woman's delicacy and increases a man's.
A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were.
The very impossibility in which I find myself to prove that God is not, discovers to me his existence.