No pleasure has any savor for me without communication.
Covetousness is both the beginning and the end of the devil’s alphabet – the first vice in corrupt nature that moves, and the last which dies.
There is a sort of gratification in doing good which makes us rejoice in ourselves.
We can be knowledgable with other men’s knowledge but we cannot be wise with other men’s wisdom.
The thing I fear most is fear.
If a man urge me to tell wherefore I loved him, I feel it cannot be expressed but by answering: Because it was he, because it was myself.
There is not much less vexation in the government of a private family than in the managing of an entire state.
There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom.
The finest souls are those that have the most variety and suppleness.
Even from their infancy we frame them to the sports of love: their instruction, behavior, attire, grace, learning and all their words azimuth only at love, respects only affection. Their nurses and their keepers imprint no other thing in them.