We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
Our desires always disappoint us; for though we meet with something that gives us satisfaction, yet it never thoroughly answers our expectation.
To establish yourself in the world a person must do all they can to appear already established.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
Quarrels would not last so long if the fault lay only on one side.
We like to see others, but don't like others to see through us.
Few persons have sufficient wisdom to prefer censure, which is useful, to praise which deceives them.
There is such a thing as a general revolution which changes the taste of men as it changes the fortunes of the world.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
Usually we praise only to be praised.
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.