Philosophy triumphs easily over past, and over future evils, but present evils triumph over philosophy.
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at steadily
If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in remarking them in others.
Pride has a greater share than goodness of heart in the remonstrances we make to those who are guilty of faults; we reprove not so much with a view to correct them as to persuade them that we are exempt from those faults ourselves.
Interest speaks all sorts of languages, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.
It often happens that things present themselves to our minds in a more complete state than we could by much art make them arrive at.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk of ourselves at all.