French Surgeon, Parish Priest
"The mind of men is a mystery; and, like the plant, each one of us naturally appropriates and assimilates that about him which responds to that which is within him."
"When orators and auditors have the same prejudices, those prejudices run a great risk of being made to stand for incontestable truths."
"A fine quotation is a diamond on the finger of a man of wit, and a pebble in the hand of a fool."
"Say nothing good of yourself, you will be distrusted; say nothing bad of yourself, you will be taken at your word."
"Since unhappiness excites interest, many, in order to render themselves interesting, feign unhappiness."
"The city does not take away, neither does the country give, solitude; solitude is within us."
"The habit of prayer communicates a penetrating sweetness to the glance, the voice, the smile, the tears, to all one says, or does or writes."
"What is slander? A verdict of “guilty” pronounced in the absence of the accused, with closed doors, without defense or appeal, by an interested and prejudiced judge."
"The chief cause of our misery is less the violence of our passions than the feebleness of our virtues."
"Reason guides but a small part of man, and the rest obeys feeling, true or false, and passion, good or bad."
"We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence."
"There are people who laugh to show their fine teeth; and there are those who cry to show their good hearts."
"The folly which we might have ourselves committed is the one which we are least ready to pardon in another."
"God is a shower to the heart burned up with grief; God is a sun to the face deluged with tears."