The glory of my name increases my shame. Less known by mortals, I could better escape their eyes.
How good is God! How sweet his yoke!
Many a time a man cannot be such as he would be, if circumstances do not admit of it.
Too much virtue can be criminal.
Thank the Gods! My misery exceeds all my hopes!
A noble heart cannot suspect in others the pettiness and malice that it has never felt.
On the throne, one has many worries; and remorse is the one that weighs the least.
Is a faith without action a sincere faith?
It is a maxim of old that among themselves all things are common to friends.
I embrace my rival, but only to strangle him.
A tragedy need not have blood and death; it's enough that it all be filled with that majestic sadness that is the pleasure of tragedy.
I have everything, yet have nothing; and although I possess nothing, still of nothing am I in want.
I am a man, and nothing that concerns a man do I deem a matter of indifference to me.
There are no secrets that time does not reveal.
Justice in the extreme is often unjust.
In fine, nothing is said now that has not been said before.
According as the man is, so must you humour him.
There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it with reluctance.
I know the disposition of women: when you will, they won't; when you won't, they set their hearts upon you of their own inclination.
Hell, covering all with its gloomy vapors, has cast shadows on even the holiest eyes.
Nothing is so difficult but that it may be found out by seeking.
My death, taking the light from my eyes, gives back to the day the purity which they soiled.
The principal rule of art is to please and to move. All the other rules were created to achieve this first one.
It behooves a prudent person to make trial of everything before arms.
If I could believe that this was said sincerely, I could put up with anything.