I study much, and the more I study the oftener I go back to those first principles which are so simple that childhood itself can lisp them.
It is the enemy who keeps the sentinel watchful.
The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
How easy to be amiable in the midst of happiness and success.
Pride dries the tears of anger and vexation; humility, those of grief. The one is indignant that we should suffer: the other calms us by the reminder that we deserve nothing else.
Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
Prayer, says St. Jerome, “is a groan.” Ah! our groans are prayers as well. The very cry of distress is an involuntary appeal to that invisible Power whose aid the soul invokes.
The best of lessons, for a good many people, would be, to listen at a key hole.—It is a pity for such that the practice is dishonorable.
Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.
If it were ever allowable to forget what is due to superiority of rank, it would be when the privileged themselves remembered it.
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