To know how to hide one's ability is great skill.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
Absence diminishes little passions and increases great ones, as wind extinguishes candles and fans a fire.
Our actions are like the terminations of verses, which we rhyme as we please.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
We may give advice, but not the sense to use it.
The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Men give away nothing so liberally as their advice.
Old people love to give good advice to console themselves for no longer being able to set a bad example.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Few people know how to be old.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying.