Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.
Hypocrisy is nothing, in fact, but a horrible hopefulness.
Every good quality runs into a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous are not far from the prodigal, the brave man is close to the bully; he who is very pious is slightly sanctimonious; there are just as many vices to virtue as there are holes in the mantle of Diogenes.
It is from books that wise people derive consolation in the troubles of life.
No one ever keeps a secret so well as a child.