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Black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love.
Espresso is to Italy, what champagne is to France.
A woman will sometimes forgive the man who tries to seduce her, but never the man who misses an opportunity when offered.
Society is divided into two classes: the shearers and the shorn. We should always be with the former against the latter.
Never speak ill of yourself, your friends will always say enough on that subject.
What clever man has ever needed to commit a crime? Crime is the last resort of political half-wits.
Since the masses are always eager to believe something, for their benefit nothing is so easy to arrange as facts.
The art of putting the right men in the right places is first in the science of government; but that of finding places for the discontented is the most difficult.
I found there a country with thirty-two religions and only one sauce.
God gave humans language so they could conceal their thoughts from one another.
Only a man who has loved a woman of genius can appreciate what happiness there is in loving a fool.
Show me another pleasure like dinner which comes every day and lasts an hour.
An important art of politicians is to find new names for institutions which under old names have become odious to the public.
If you wish to be popular in society consent to be taught many things you already know.
Regimes may fall and fail, but I do not.
Without freedom of the press, there can be no representative government.
Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts. [Fr., La parole a ete donnce a l'homme pour deguiser sa pensee.]
A clever woman often compromises her husband; a stupid woman only compromises herself.
There are many people who have the gift, or failing, of never understanding themselves. I have been unlucky enough, or perhaps fortunate enough to have received the opposite gift.
War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men.
A married man with a family will do anything for money.
There is one person that is wiser than anybody, and that is everybody.
To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool, than to discover who is a clever man.
Love is a reality which is born in the fairy region of romance.
She is such a good friend that she would throw all her acquaintances into the water for the pleasure of fishing them out again.
Nothing succeeds so well as success.
Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always good.
A court is an assembly of noble and distinguished beggars.
What I have been taught, I have forgotten; what I know, I have guessed.
In a novel, the author gives the leading character intelligence and distinction. Fate goes to less trouble: mediocrities play a part in great events simply from happening to be there.
Beauty, devoid of grace, is a mere hook without the bait.
Methods are the masters of masters.
Politics is the systematic cultivation of hatred.
Love of glory can only create a great hero; contempt of glory creates a great man.
Too much sensibility creates unhappiness and too much insensibility creates crime.
The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him, and pigmy in its proportions when it follows.
In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily.
The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.
Merit, however inconsiderable, should be sought for and rewarded. Methods are the master of masters.
Speech has been given to man to disguise his thoughts.
The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, - when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.
Those who did not live during the years close to 1789 do not know the pleasure of living.
Those who have not lived in the eighteenth century, in the years before the Revolution do not know the sweetness of living and cannot imagine what it was like to have happiness in life.
Women sometimes forgive a man who forces the opportunity, but never a man who misses ones.
Wherever there's trouble, look for a priest.
If we go on explaining we shall cease to understand one another.
I know where there is more wisdom than is found in Napoleon, Voltaire, or all the ministers present and to come - in public opinion.
It is the beginning of the end. [Fr., C'est le commencement de al fin.]
It is not an event; it is a piece of news.
Love of glory can only create a great hero contempt of glory creates a great man.