French Billionaire Financier and tycoon
"The fortunate circumstances of our lives are generally found, at last, to be our own producing."
"Tolerance is a tremendous virtue, but the immediate neighbors of tolerance are apathy and weakness."
"None has more frequent conversations with a disagreeable self than the man of pleasure; his enthusiasms are but few and transient; his appetites, like angry creditors, are continually making fruitless demands for what he is unable to pay; and the greater his former pleasures, the more strong his regret, the more impatient his expectations. A life of pleasure is, therefore, the most unpleasing life."
"Praise in the beginning is agreeable enough; and we receive it as a favor; but when it comes in great quantities, we regard it only as a debt, which nothing but our merit could extort."