Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed from one another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbours, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes…
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I have never made but one prayer to God, a very short one: O Lord...
Men use thought only as authority for their injustice, and employ speech only to conceal...
Anything that is too stupid to be spoken is sung.
Tears are the silent language of grief
Once the people begin to reason, all is lost
It is said that the present is pregnant with the future.
I keep to old books, for they teach me something; from the new I learn...
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words...
A yawn may not be polite, but at least it is an honest opinion
To the wicked, everything serves as pretext.
What most persons consider as virtue, after the age of 40 is simply a loss...
Doctors are men who prescribe medicines of which they know little, to cure diseases of...
The punishment of criminals should be of use; when a man is hanged he is...
Every man is a creature of the age in which he lives; very few are...
Repose is a good thing, but boredom is its brother
Use, do not abuse; neither abstinence nor excess ever renders man happy.
Only your friends steal your books
Opinion has caused more trouble on this little earth than plagues or earthquakes.
All the reasonings of men are not worth one sentiment of women.
In this country it is a good thing to kill an admiral from time to...