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"We perceive when love begins and when it declines by our embarrassment when alone together."
Love

"Those who make the worst use of their time are the first to complain of its shortness."

"Man has but three events in his life: to be born, to live, and to die. He is not conscious of his birth, he suffers at his death and he forgets to live."

"We must laugh before we are happy, for fear of dying without having laughed at all."

"Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us."

"A pious man is one who would be an atheist if the king were."

"No more we meet in yonder bowers Absence has made me prone to roving; But older, firmer hearts than ours, Have found monotony in loving."

"He who tip-toes cannot stand; he who strides cannot walk."

"There is no road too long to the man who advances deliberately and without undue haste; there are no honors too distant to the man who prepares himself for them with patience."

"A slave has but one master; an ambitious man has as many masters as there are people who may be useful in bettering his position."

"Even the best intentioned of great men need a few scoundrels around them; there are some things you cannot ask an honest ma to do."

"There are certain things in which mediocrity is intolerable: poetry, music, painting, public eloquence. What torture it is to hear a frigid speech being pompously declaimed, or second-rate verse spoken with all a bad poet's bombast!"

"No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less."

"It's motive alone which gives character to the actions of men."

"There is not in the world so toilsome a trade as the pursuit of fame; life concludes before you have so much as sketched your work."

"The slave has but one master, the ambitious man has as many as there are persons whose aid may contribute to the advancement of his fortunes."

"The great gift of conversation lies less in displaying it ourselves than in drawing it out of others. He who leaves your company pleased with himself and his own cleverness is perfectly well pleased with you."

"Grief that is dazed and speechless is out of fashion: the modern woman mourns her husband loudly and tells you the whole story of his death, which distresses her so much that she forgets not the slightest detail about it."

"When a book raises your spirit, and inspires you with noble and manly thoughts, seek for no other test of its excellence. It is good, and made by a good workman."

"It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not."

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