No man is so perfect, so necessary to his friends, as to give them no cause to miss him less.
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- That man is good who does good to others; if he suffers on account of the good he does, he is very good; if he suffers at the hands of those to whom he has done good, then his goodness is so great that it could be enhanced only by greater sufferings; and if he should die at their hands, his virtue can go no further: it is heroic, it is perfect.
- Two persons cannot long be friends if they cannot forgive each other’s little failings.
- A man of the world must seem to be what he wishes to be thought.
- 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 vain man finds it wise to speak good or ill of himself; a modest man does not talk of himself.
- Marriage, it seems, confines every man to his proper rank.