Great Throughts Treasury

A database of quotes

John Antoine Petit-Senn

French-Swiss Poet

"We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give."

"It is not what we have but what we enjoy that constitutes our abundance."

"Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it."

"True courage is like a kite; a contrary wind raises it higher."

"It is easy to be virtuous in prospective."

"Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others."

"Doubt springs from the mind; faith is the daughter of the soul."

"Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us."

"Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others. "

"Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach."

"t is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others."

"In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends."

"Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth."

"Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue with bigots."

"Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening."

"Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital."

"Pleasure limps for him. who enjoys it alone."

"Religion is the hospital of the souls that the world has wounded."

"The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others."

"Promises retain men better than services; for hope is to them a chain, and gratitude a thread."

"That experience which does not make us better makes us worse."

"The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own."

"The most exacting jailer is our own conscience."

"The weak-minded man is the slave of his vices and the dupe of his virtues."

"The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it."

"The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds."

"The wisest man may always learn something from the humblest peasant."

"There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one's dearest friends."

"What we gain by experience is not worth that we lose in illusion."