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.
There is no desire more natural than the desire for knowledge.
I have never seen a greater monster or miracle in the world than myself.
If there is such a thing as a good marriage, it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.
There is no pleasure to me without communication: there is not so much as a sprightly thought comes into my mind that it does not grieve me to have produced alone, and that I have no one to tell it to.
Marriage, a market which has nothing free but the entrance.
I quote others only in order the better to express myself.
Wit is a dangerous weapon, even to the possessor, if he knows not how to use it discreetly.