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Equality may perhaps be a right, but no power on earth can ever turn it into a fact.
The art of motherhood involves much silent, unobtrusive self-denial, an hourly devotion which finds no detail too minute.
Political liberty, the peace of a nation, and science itself are gifts for which Fate demands a heavy tax in blood!
Hope is a light diet but very stimulating.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint the second time.
I do not regard a broker as a member of the human race.
A young bride is like a plucked flower but a guilty wife is like a flower that had been walked over.
Finance, like time, devours its own children.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never as bad off or as happy as we say we are.
The most virtuous women have something within them, something that is never chaste.
We exaggerate misfortune and happiness alike. We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
Our worst misfortunes never happen and most miseries lie in anticipation.
Behind every great fortune lies a great crime.
The fact is that love is of two kinds, one which commands, and one which obeys. The two are quite distinct, and the passion to which the one gives rise is not the passion of the other.
We are never either so wretched or so happy as we say we are.
There are some women whose pregnancy would make some sly bachelor smile.
Some troubles like a protested note of a solvent debtor bear interest.
To provoke laughter without joining in it greatly heightens the effect.
Society bristles with enigmas which look hard to solve. It is a perfect maze of intrigue.
Love is the poetry of the senses.
Small natures require despotism to exercise their sinews, as great souls thirst for equality to give play to their heart.
Necessity is often the spur to genius.
If we could but paint with the hand as we see with the eye!
The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.
A mother who is really a mother is never free.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
All happiness depends on courage and work. I have had many periods of wretchedness but with energy and above all with illusions I pulled through them all.
Manners are the hypocrisy of a nation.
A woman must be a genius to create a good husband.
Clouds symbolize the veils that shroud God.
Nobody loves a woman because she is handsome or ugly, stupid or intelligent. We love because we love.
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.
Emulation admires and strives to imitate great actions envy is only moved to malice.
A mother's happiness is like a beacon, lighting up the future but reflected also on the past in the guise of fond memories.
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.
Wisdom is that apprehension of heavenly things to which the spirit rises through love.
The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
Chance, my dear, is the sovereign deity in child-bearing.
There is no such thing as a great talent without great will power.
A woman knows the face of the man she loves as a sailor knows the open sea.
If we could but paint with the hand what we see with the eye.
The smallest flower is a thought, a life answering to some feature of the Great Whole, of whom they have a persistent intuition.
One should believe in marriage as in the immortality of the soul.
A good husband is never the first to go to sleep at night or the last to awake in the morning.
To those who have exhausted politics, nothing remains but abstract thought.
Modesty is the conscience of the body.
Power is action the electoral principle is discussion. No political action is possible when discussion is permanently established.
Envy is the most stupid of vices for there is no single advantage to be gained from it.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion history romance and art would be useless.