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" Fools are my theme, let satire be my song. "
" There is something pagan in me that I cannot shake off. In short, I deny nothing, but doubt everything. "
" The busy have no time for tears. "
" Man, being reasonable, must get drunk; the best of life is but intoxication. "
" They never fail who die in a great cause. "
" Let none think to fly the danger for soon or late love is his own avenger. "
" Those who will not reason, are bigots, those who cannot, are fools, and those who dare not, are slaves. "
" I am about to be married, and am of course in all the misery of a man in pursuit of happiness. "
" If I am fool, it is, at least, a doubting one; and I envy no one the certainty of his self-approved wisdom. "
" I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone. "
" Though I love my country, I do not love my countrymen. "
" I have no consistency, except in politics; and that probably arises from my indifference to the subject altogether. "
" The fact is that my wife if she had common sense would have more power over me than any other whatsoever, for my heart always alights upon the nearest perch. "
" A thousand years may scare form a state. An hour may lay it in ruins. "
" Wives in their husbands' absences grow subtler, And daughters sometimes run off with the butler. "
" It is useless to tell one not to reason but to believe - you might as well tell a man not to wake but sleep. "
" One certainly has a soul; but how it came to allow itself to be enclosed in a body is more than I can imagine. I only know if once mine gets out, I'll have a bit of a tussle before I let it get in again to that of any other. "
" Opinions are made to be changed - or how is truth to be got at? "
" We are all selfish and I no more trust myself than others with a good motive. "
" A mistress never is nor can be a friend. While you agree, you are lovers; and when it is over, anything but friends. "
" Who loves, raves. "
" What a strange thing man is; and what a stranger thing woman. "
" Sincerity may be humble but she cannot be servile. "
" Smiles form the channels of a future tear. "
" This man is freed from servile bands, Of hope to rise, or fear to fall; Lord of himself, though not of lands, And leaving nothing, yet hath all. "
" Men think highly of those who rise rapidly in the world; whereas nothing rises quicker than dust, straw, and feathers. "
" Yes, love indeed is light from heaven; A spark of that immortal fire with angels shared, by Allah given to lift from earth our low desire. "
" All farewells should be sudden, when forever. "
" Self-love for ever creeps out, like a snake, to sting anything which happens to stumble upon it. "
" He who surpasses or subdues mankind, must look down on the hate of those below. "
" A woman should never be seen eating or drinking, unless it be lobster salad and Champagne, the only true feminine and becoming viands. "