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True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
Mixiin 76. The love of justice is simply, in the majority of men, the fear of suffering injustice.
Maxim 78. Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself.
Maxim 79. Friendship is only a reciprocal conciliation of interests, and an exchange of good offices; it is a species of commerce out of which self-love always expects to gain something.
Maxim 83. A man who is ungrateful is often less to blame than his benefactor.
Maxim 96. The understanding is always the dupe of the heart.
Maxim 102. Nothing is given so profusely as advice. Maxim 110.
The true way to be deceived is to think oneself more knowing than others.
Maxim 127. Usually we praise only to be praised.
Maxim 146. Our repentance is not so much regret for the ill we have done as fear of the ill that may happen to us in consequence.
Maxim 180. Most people judge men only by success or by fortune.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
There is great ability in knowing how to conceal one's ability.
The pleasure of love is in loving. We are happier in the passion we feel than in that we inspire.?
1 See Shelley, page 566.
We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire.
Marim 294. The gratitude of most men is but a secret desire of receiving greater benefits.
Lovers are never tired of each other, though they always speak of themselves.
Marim 312. We pardon in the degree that we love. Maxim 330.
We hardly find any persons of good sense save those who agree with us. ?
Marin 347. The greatest fault of a penetrating wit is to go beyond the mark.
We may give advice, but we cannot inspire the con. duct.
The veracity which increases with old age is not far from folly.
In their first passion women love their lovers, in all the others they love love.3
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
In the adversity of our best friends we often find something that is not exactly displeasing.
1 See Walpole, page 304.
? “That was excellently observed,” say I when I read a passage in another where his opinion agrees with mine. When we differ, then I pro. nounce him to be mistaken. - Swift : Thoughts on Various Subjects.
3 See Byron, page 557.
4 This reflection, No. 99 in the edition of 1665, the author suppressed in the third edition.
In all distresses of our friends
Dean SWIFT: A Paraphrase of Rochefoucauld's
J. DE LA FONTAINE 1621-1695.
The opinion of the strongest is always the best.
The Wolf and the Lamb. Book i. Fable 10. By the work one knows the workman.
The Hornets and the Bees. Fable 21, It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
The Cock and the Fox. Book ii. Fable 15. It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
Book iii. Fable 1. In everything one must consider the end."
The Fox and the Gnal. Fable 6. “They are too green,” he said, “and only good for fools."
The Fox and the Grapes. Fable 11. Help thyself, and God will help thee. 8
Book vi. Fable 18. The fly of the coach.
Book vii. Fable 9, The sign brings customers.
The Fortune Tellers. Fable 15 Let ignorance talk as it will, learning has its value.
The Use of Knowledge. Book viii. Fable 19. No path of flowers leads to glory.
Book x. Fable 14.
JEAN BAPTISTE MOLIÈRE. 1622-1673. The world, dear Agnes, is a strange affair.
L'École des Femmes. Act ii. Sc. 6. There are fagots and fagots.
Le Médecin malgré lui. Act i. Sc. 6. We have changed all that.
Act ii. Sc. 6. Although I am a pious man, I am not the less a man.
Le Tartuffe. Act iii. Sc. 3. 1 Remember the end, and thou shalt never do amiss - Ecclesiasticus üi. 36.
2 Sour grapes.
The real Amphitryon is the Amphitryon who gives dinners."
Amphitryon. Act iii. Sc. 5. Ah that I – You would have it so, you would have it so; George Dandin, you would have it so! This suits you very nicely, and you are served right; you have precisely what you deserve.
George Dandin. det i. Sc. 19. Tell me to whom you are addressing yourself when you say that.
I am addressing myself — I am addressing myself to my cap.
L'Avare. Act i. Sc. 3. The beautiful eyes of my cash-box,
Act t. Sc. 3. You are speaking before a man to whom all Naples is known.
Sc. 5. My fair one, let us swear an eternal friendship.?
Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Act ir. Sc. 1. I will maintain it before the whole world. Sc, 5. What the devil did he want in that galley ? :
Les Fourberies de Scapin. Act ii. Sc. 11. Grammar, which knows how to control even kings."
Les Femmes savantes. det ii. Sc. 6. Ah, there are no longer any children !
Le Malade Imaginaire. Act ii. Se. 11.
BLAISE PASCAL. 1623-1662.
(Translated by 0. W. Wight.) Man is but a reed, the weakest in nature, but he is a thinking reed.
Thoughts. Chap. ii. 10. It is not permitted to the most equitable of men to be a judge in his own cause. 1 See Dryden, page 277.
2 See Frere, page 462. 3 Borrowed from Cyrano de Bergerac's “Pedant joué," act ii. sc. 4.
4 Sigismund I. at the Council -of Constance, 1414, said to a prelate who had objected to his Majesty's grammar, “Ego sum rex Ronianus, et supra grammaticam " (I am the Roman emperor, and am above grammar).
Chap. ie. 1.
Montaigne 1 is wrong in declaring that custom ought to be followed simply because it is custom, and not because it is reasonable or just.
houghts. Chap. iv. 6. Thus we never live, but we hope to live; and always disposing ourselves to be happy, it is inevitable that we never become so.?
Chap. v. 2. If the nose of Cleopatra had been shorter, the whole face of the earth would have been changed. Chap. viii. 29.
The last thing that we find in making a book is to know what we must put first.
Chap. ix. 30. Rivers are highways that move on, and bear us whither
we wish to go.
What a chimera, then, is man! what a novelty, what a monster, what a chaos, what a subject of contradiction, what a prodigy! A judge of all things, feeble worm of the earth, depositary of the truth, cloaca of uncertainty and error, the glory and the shame of the universe ! 3
Chụp. 2. 1. We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.
For as old age is that period of life most remote from infancy, who does not see that old age in this universal man ought not to be sought in the times nearest his birth, but in those most remote from it ? *
Preface to the Trentise on Vacuum.
NICHOLAS BOILEAU-DESPREAUX. 1636–1711. Happy who in his verse can gently steer From grave to light, from pleasant to severe.5
The Art of Poetry. Canto i. Line 75
i Book i. chap. xxii. 3 See Pope, page 317.
2 See Pope, page 315.
4 See Bacon, page 169 6 See Dryden, page 273.