We would rather speak badly of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
True eloquence consists in saying all that should be said, and that only.
Our enemies approach nearer to truth in their judgments of us than we do ourselves.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
It is not enough to succeed, others must fail.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
There is hardly a man clever enough to recognize the full extent of the evil he does.
We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.
Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.
It is for want of application, rather than of means that people fail,
No persons are more frequently wrong, than those who will not admit they are wrong.
The fame of great men ought to be judged always by the means they used to acquire it.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.
Only the great can afford to have great defects.