We must laugh before we are happy, for fear we die before we laugh at all.
Help thyself and Heaven will help thee.
It is a double pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
There is nothing useless to men of sense.
A hungry stomach cannot hear.
Half of today is better than all of tomorrow.
There is no road of flowers leading to glory.
Friendship is the shadow of the evening, which increases with the setting sun of life.
What God does, He does well.
I bend, but I do not break.
To live lightheartedly but not recklessly; to be gay without being boisterous; to be courageous without being bold; to show trust and cheerful resignation without fatalism - this is the art of living.
Our destiny is frequently met in the very paths we take to avoid it.
The finest victory is to conquer one's own heart.
If you deal with a fox, think of his tricks.
Often we find our own destiny on the same roads that we have been avoiding.
Man is ice to truth and fire to falsehood.
Dressed in the lion's skin, the ass spread terror far and wide.
He knows the universe and does not know himself.
Nothing is so oppressive as a secret: women find it difficult to keep one long; and I know a goodly number of men who are women in this regard.
In every trouble the little ones duck more easily.
It is twice the pleasure to deceive the deceiver.
Beware, so long as you live, of judging men by their outward appearance.
Nothing is more dangerous than a friend without discretion; even a prudent enemy is preferable.
All the brains in the world are powerless against the sort of stupidity that is in fashion.
Man is so made that when anything fires his soul, impossibilities vanish.
Rare as is true love, true friendship is rarer.
A person often meets his destiny on the road he took to avoid it.
Patience and time do more than strength or passion.
In this world we must help one another.
Le geai pare des plumes du paon. A bluejay in peacock feathers.
The more wary you are of danger, the more likely you are to meet it.
Silent people are dangerous; others are not so.[Fr., Les gens sans bruit sont dangereux;Il n'en est pas ainsi des autres.]
By the work one knows the workman.
People who make no noise are dangerous.
In everything one must consider the end.
Everyone believes very easily whatever they fear or desire.
Sadness flies away on the wings of time.
O love, when thou gettest dominion over us, we may bid good-by to prudence.
One should oblige everyone to the extent of one's ability. One often needs someone smaller than oneself.
Un auteur ga" te tout quand il veut trop bien faire. An author spoils everything when he wants too much to do good.