French Poet and Critic
"Honor is like an island, rugged and without shores; we can never re-enter it once we are on the outside."
"A proud bigot, who is vain enough to think that he can deceive even God by affected zeal, and throwing the veil of holiness over vices, damns all mankind by the word of his power."
"Gold gives an appearance of beauty even to ugliness: but with poverty everything becomes frightful."
"In spite of every sage whom Greece can show, unerring wisdom never dwelt below; folly in all of every age we see, the only difference lies in the degree."
"Nature always springs to the surface and manages to show what she is. It is vain to stop or try to drive her back. She breaks through every obstacle, pushes forward, and at last makes for herself a way."
"The wisest man is generally he who thinks himself the least so [does not fancy that he is so at all]."
"To support those of your rights authorized by Heaven, destroy everything rather than yield; that is the spirit of the Church."
"The world is full of fools; and he who would not wish to see one, must not only shut himself up alone, but must also break his looking-glass."
"Bring your work back to the workshop twenty times. Polish it continuously, and polish it again."
"Brimful of learning, see the pedant stride, bristling with horrid Greek, and puffed with pride! - A thousand authors he in vain has read, and with their maxims stuffed his empty head; and thinks that without Aristotle's rules, reason is blind, and common sense a fool!"
"But even trough you be sprung in direct line from Hercules, if you show a low-born meanness, that long succession of ancestors whom you disgrace are so many witnesses against you; and this grand display of their tarnished glory but serves to make your ignominy more evident."
"But satire, ever moral, ever new, Delights the reader and instructs him, too. She, if good sense refine her sterling page, Oft shakes some rooted folly of the age."