Behind every great fortune there is a crime.
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Nothing so fortifies a friendship as a belief on the part of one friend that he is superior to the other.
In diving to the bottom of pleasure we bring up more gravel than pearls.
Bureaucracy is a giant mechanism operated by pygmies.
Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true.
Hatred is the vice of narrow souls; they feed it with all their littleness, and make it the pretext of base tyrannies.
Nothing is a greater impediment to being on good terms with others than being ill at ease with yourself.
You may imitate, but never counterfeit.
Vocations which we wanted to pursue, but didn't, bleed, like colors, on the whole of our existence.
To kill a relative of whom you are tired is something. But to inherit his property afterwards, that is genuine pleasure.
When women love us, they forgive us everything, even our crimes; when they do not love us, they give us credit for nothing, not even out virtues.