Suicide, moreover, was at the time in vogue in Paris: what more suitable key to the mystery of life for a skeptical society?
Those who spend too fast never grow rich.
Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
Courtesy is only a thin veneer on the general selfishness.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Love is a game in which one always cheats.
Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught.
What is art? Nature concentrated.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
Old maids, having never bent their temper or their lives to other lives and other tempers, as woman's destiny requires, have for the most part a mania for making everything about them bend to them.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
But reason always cuts a poor figure beside sentiment; the one being essentially restricted, like everything that is positive, while the other is infinite.
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
Between the daylight gambler and the player at night there is the same difference that lies between a careless husband and the lover swooning under his lady's window.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even our virtues.
Power is action; the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
Study lends a kind of enchantment to all our surroundings.
Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
It is easy to sit up and take notice, What is difficult is getting up and taking action.
True love is eternal, infinite, and always like itself. It is equal and pure, without violent demonstrations: it is seen with white hairs and is always young in the heart.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft.
It is only in the act of nursing that a woman realizes her motherhood in visible and tangible fashion; it is a joy of every moment.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.