Criticism is often not a science; it is a craft, requiring more good health than wit, more hard work than talent, more habit than native genius. In the hands of a man who has read widely but lacks judgment, applied to certain subjects it can corrupt both its readers and the writer himself.
The court is like a palace of marble; it's composed of people very hard and very polished.
As long as men are liable to die and are desirous to live, a physician will be made fun of, but he will be well paid.
At the beginning and at the end of love, the two lovers are embarrassed to find themselves alone.
A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.
I would not like to see a person who is sober, moderate, chaste and just say that there is no God. They would speak disinterestedly at least, but such a person is not to be found.
Generosity lies less in giving much than in giving at the right moment.
As riches and favor forsake a man, we discover him to be a fool, but nobody could find it out in his prosperity.
There are three stages in a person's life, birth, their life and death. They are not conscious of birth submit to death and forget to live.
A slave has but one master. An ambition man, has as many as there are people who helped him get his fortune.
All men's misfortunes spring from their hatred of being alone.
The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you.
As favor and riches forsake a man, we discover in him the foolishness they concealed, and which no one perceived before.
Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present-- which seldom happens to us.
We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.