Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and fans the bonfire.
In all aspects of life, we take on a part and an appearance to seem to be what we wish to be--and thus the world is merely composed of actors.
He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much, but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
87.—Men would not live long in society were they not the dupes of each other. [A maxim, adds Aimé Martin, Which may enter into the code of a vulgar rogue, but one is astonished to find it in a moral treatise. Yet we have scriptural authority for it: Deceiving and being deceived.—2 TIM. iii. 13.]
I always say to myself what is the most important thing we can think about at this extraordinary moment.