Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.
Quote by Francois La Rochefoucauld
Flattery is a counterfeit money which, but for vanity, would have no circulation.
Nature makes merit, and fortune puts it to work
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare...
Old men like to give good advice in order to console themselves for not being...
Women who love, pardon more readily great indiscretions than little infidelities.
Nothing is given so profusely as advice
We may give advice, but we can't inspire conduct
The world more often rewards the appearance of merit than merit itself
All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
The pleasure of love is in loving, and we derive more happiness from the passion...
However evil men may be they dare not be openly hostile to virtue, and so...
Nothing is given so profusely as advice.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass...
The veracity which increases with old age is not far from folly.
If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when...
The heat of youth is not more opposed to safety than the coldness of age.
[My] deep religiosity... found an abrupt ending at the age of twelve, through the reading...
And Jeroboam's wife did so, and arose, and went to Shiloh, and came to the...