If we resist our passions, it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, in which the heart attaches itself successively to each of the lover's qualities, giving preference now to one, now to another.
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.
A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.
Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
Men are more satirical from vanity than from malice.
Once when I was young and true, Someone left me sad Broke my brittle heart in two; And that was very bad. Love is for unlucky folk. Love is but a curse. Once there was a heart I broke; And that, I think, is worse.
The pleasure of love is in the loving and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires.
Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. (Maxims)
Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great things.
For most men the love of justice is only the fear of suffering injustice.
If we are to judge of love by the consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
If we judge of love by its usual effects, it resembles hatred more than friendship.