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The maxims of men reveal their characters.
– Luc de Clapiers
Everyone is born sincere and die deceivers.
The most absurd and reckless aspirations have sometimes led to extraordinary success.
One can not be just if one is not humane.
The greatest evil which fortune can inflict on men is to endow them with small talents and great ambition.
When a thought is too weak to be expressed simply, it should be rejected.
Obscurity is the realm of error.
All grand thoughts come from the heart.
The things we know best are the things we haven’t been taught.
Our failings sometimes bind us to one another as closely as could virtue itself.
The fruit derived from labor is the sweetest of pleasures.
The art of pleasing is the art of deception.
The greatest achievement of the human spirit is to live up to one’s opportunities and make the most of one’s resources.
Prosperity makes few friends.
Wicked people are always surprised to find ability in those that are good.
Indolence is the sleep of the mind.
The wicked are always surprised to find ability in the good.
Emotions have taught mankind to reason.
One promises much, to avoid giving little.
Clearness ornaments profound thoughts.
Great thoughts come from the heart.
Clarity is the counterbalance of profound thoughts.
Those who can bear all can dare all.
To achieve great things we must live as though we were never going to die.
Patience is the art of hoping.
Lazy people are always anxious to be doing something.