Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.
There is no better proof of a man’s being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend.
Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.
Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while.
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves.