Jean Antoine Petit-Senn Quotes

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The less power a man has, the more he likes to use it.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

power

Not what we have, but what we enjoy, constitutes our abundance.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

wealth

True courage is like a kite: a contrary wind raises it higher.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

courage

Happiness is where we find it, but very rarely where we seek it.
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happiness

It is easy to be virtuous in prospective.
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virtue

Conscience whispers, but interest speaks aloud.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

conscience self-interest

The most exacting jailer is our own conscience.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

conscience

Pleasure limps for him who enjoys it alone.
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Of all trifles, titles are the lightest.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

conscience self-interest

The hatred we bear our enemies injures their happiness less than our own.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

hate

We tire of those pleasures we take, but never of those we give.
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It is more pitiable once to have been rich than not to be rich now.
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wealth

Public opinion is a courtesan, whom we seek to please without respecting.
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public opinion

None despise fame more heartily than those who have no possible claim to it.
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fame

To endeavor to move by the same discourse hearers who differ in age, sex, position and education, is to attempt to open all locks with the same key.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

oratory persuasion

Adversity, which makes us indulgent to others, renders them severe towards us.
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adversity

What we gain by experience is not worth that we lose in illusion.
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experience

Religion is the hospital of the souls that the world has wounded.
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religion

The wisest man may always learn something from the humblest peasant.
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Rage is a short-lived fury.
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Age whitens hairs, but not sin.
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age

No woman dares express all she thinks.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

women

Pleasure and satiety live next door to each other.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

contentment

Let us respect gray hairs, but, above all, our own.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

age

Without big words, how could many people say small things?
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words

Women always find their bitterest foes among their own sex.
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women

That experience which does not make us better makes us worse.
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experience

Doubt springs from the mind; faith is the daughter of the soul.
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doubt faith

Our virtues live upon our incomes; our vices consume our capital.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

vice virtue

Loud indignation against vice often stands for virtue with bigots.
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bigotry virtue

Conscience serves us especially to judge of the actions of others.
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conscience cynical

In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

friendship youth

The weak-minded man is the slave of his vices and the dupe of his virtues.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
The great chastisement of a knave is not to be known, but to know himself.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Envy, like flame, blackens that which is above it, and which it cannot reach.
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envy

There are some errors so sweet that we repent them only to bring them to memory.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

mistakes

People who declare that they belong to no party certainly do not belong to ours.
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Do you know a young and beautiful woman who is not ready to flirt—just a little?
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women

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one's dearest friends.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Many fortunes, like rivers, have a pure source, but grow muddy as they grow large.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

wealth

It requires less character to discover the faults of others than to tolerate them.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

shortcomings

In love we are not only liable to betray ourselves, but also the secrets of others.
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love

There is certainly no beauty on earth which exceeds the natural loveliness of woman.
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women

A pedant holds more to instruct us with what he knows, than of what we are ignorant.
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How many wells of science there are in whose depths there is nothing but clear water!
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

science

Another life, if it were not better than this, would be less a promise than a threat.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
We forget the origin of a parvenu if he remembers it; we remember it if he forgets it.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
An angry woman is vindictive beyond measure, and hesitates at nothing in her bitterness.
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anger women

In giving alms, let us rather look at the needs of the poor than his claim to your charity.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

charity

There is a proverb in the South that a woman laughs when she can, and weeps when she pleases.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

women

Promises retain men better than services; for hope is to them a chain, and gratitude a thread.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
The politics of courtiers resemble their shadows; they cringe and turn with the sun of the day.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
That prudery which survives youth and beauty resembles a scarecrow left in the fields after harvest.
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Genius, like a torch, shines less in the broad daylight of the present than in the night of the past.
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genius

Beauty and ugliness disappear equally under the wrinkles of age; one is lost in them; the other hidden.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

age beauty

The happiness of the tender heart is increased by what it can take away from the wretchedness of others.
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happiness helping others

Let us believe neither half of the good people tell us of ourselves, nor half the evil they say of others.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

flattery gossip

We find ourselves less witty in remembering what we have said than in dreaming of what we would have said.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
Those virtues which cost us dear prove that we love God; those which are easy to us prove that He loves us.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

God virtue

Our interests are grains of opium to our consciences, but they only put it to sleep for a terrible awakening.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

conscience self-interest

Money dishonestly acquired is never worth its cost, while a good conscience never costs as much as it is worth.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

conscience money

Some delicate matters must be treated like pins, because if they are not seized by the right end, we get pricked.
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Perfect servants would be the worst of all for certain masters, whose happiness consists in finding fault with them.
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The true worth of a soul is revealed as much by the motive it attributes to the actions of others as by its own deeds.
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motives

It is only before those who are glad to hear it, and anxious to spread it, that we find it easy to speak ill of others.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

gossip

The virtuous woman flees from danger; she trusts more to her prudence in shunning it than in her strength to overcome it.
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Do not crowd the understanding; it can comprehend so much and no more. A pint pot will not contain the measure of a quart.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

understanding

The grave is a crucible where memory is purified; we only remember a dead friend by those qualities which make him regretted.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

death

We are told to walk noiselessly through the world, that we may waken neither hatred nor envy; but, alas! What can we do when they never sleep!
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

envy hate

To protect ourselves against the storms of passion, marriage with a good woman is a harbor in the tempest; but with a bad woman it is a tempest in the harbor.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

marriage

Experience unveils too late the snares laid for youth; it is the white frost which discovers the spider's web when the flies are no longer there to be caught.
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experience

The flavor of detached thoughts depends upon the conciseness of their expression: for thoughts are grains of sugar, or of salt, that must be melted in a drop of water.

conciseness

Every generous illusion of youth leaves a wrinkle as it departs. Experience is the successive disenchanting of the things of life; it is reason enriched with the heart's spoils.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

aging experience

There are philanthropists who, incapable of managing their own little affairs, take upon themselves those of the whole world; but as their creditors always outnumber their disciples, they owe humanity more than she will ever owe them.
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn
The wonderful fortune of some writers deludes and leads to misery a great number of young people. It cannot be too often repeated that it is dangerous to enter upon a career of letters without some other means of living. An illustrious author has said in these times, "Literature must not be leant on as upon a crutch; it is little more than a stick."
— Jean Antoine Petit-Senn

writing