"He who has never denied himself for the sake of giving, has but glanced at the joys of charity."
"Our faults afflict us more than our good deeds console. Pain is ever uppermost in the conscience as in the heart."
"Pride dries the tears of anger and vexation; humility, those of grief. The one is indignant that we should suffer; the other calms us by the reminder that we deserve nothing else."
"Real sorrow is almost as difficult to discover as real poverty. An instinctive delicacy hides the rays of the one and the wounds of the other."
"The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs. It will pity you for what you lose; never for what you lack."
"We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more. A straw or a feather sustains itself long in the air."
"I study much, and the more I study, the oftener I go back to those first principles which are so simple that childhood itself can lisp them."
"It would seem that by our sorrows only we are called to a knowledge of the Infinite. Are we happy? The limits of life constrain us on all sides."
"Old age is not one of the beauties of creation, but it is one of its harmonies. The law of contrasts is one of the laws of beauty. Under the conditions of our climate, shadow gives light its worth; sternness enhances mildness; solemnity, splendor. Varying proportions of size support and subserve one another."
"Truth only is prolific. Error, sterile in itself, produces only by means of the portion of truth which it contains. It may have offspring, but the life which it gives, like that of the hybrid races, cannot be transmitted."
"As we advance in life the circle of our pains enlarges, while that of our pleasure contracts."
"Everybody has enemies. to have an enemy is quite another thing. One must be somebody to have an enemy. One must be a force before he can be resisted by another force."
"The best advice on the art of being happy is about as easy to follow as advice to be well when one is sick."
"The world has no sympathy with any but positive griefs; it will pity you for what you lose, but never for what you lack."
"Those who make us happy are always thankful to us for being so; their gratitude is the reward of their benefits."
"We deceive ourselves when we fancy that only weakness needs support. Strength needs it far more."