Christianity has made of death a terror which was unknown to the gay calmness of the Pagan.
Death! It is rest to the aged, it is oblivion to the atheist, it is immortality to the poet!
Emulation is active virtue; envy is brooding malice.
Excess always carries its own retribution.
Fame nowadays is little else but notoriety.
Fame! it is the flower of a day, that dies when the next sun rises.
Familiarity is a magician that is cruel to beauty but kind to ugliness.
Fancy tortures more people than does reality.
Friendship is such an elastic word. There never was an age when it stood for so many things in private, and was yet so absolutely non-existent in fact.
Great men have always had dogs.
Humiliation is a guest that only comes to those who have made ready his resting-place, and will give him a fair welcome. ... no one can disgrace you save yourself.
I have met a thousand scamps; but I never met one who considered himself so. Self-knowledge isn't so common.
Indifference is the invincible giant of the world.
It is only to those who have never lived that death ever can seems beautiful.
It is quite easy for stupid people to be happy; they believe in fables, and they trot on in a beaten track like a horse on a tramway.
It needs a great nature to bear the weight of a great gratitude.
Men are always optimists when they look inwards, and pessimists when they look round them.
Petty laws breed great crimes.
Take hope from the heart of man, and you make him a beast of prey.
The loss of our illusions is the only loss from which we never recover.
The scorn of genius is the most arrogant and the most boundless of all scorn.
The world never leaves one in ignorance or in peace.
There is nothing that you may not get people to believe in if you will only tell it them loud enough and often enough, till the welkin rings with it.
To vice, innocence must always seem only a superior kind of chicanery.
Truth is a rough, honest, helter-skelter terrier that none like to see brought into their drawing rooms.
We only see clearly when we have reached the depths of woe.
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