"The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age."
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth."
"In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge."
"The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune."
"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected."
"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone."
"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not."
"Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires."
"One forgives to the degree that one loves."