Conversation would be vastly improved by the constant use of four simple words: I do not know.
A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short.
The effectiveness of work increases according to geometric progression if there are no interruptions.
A successful marriage is an edifice that must be rebuilt every day.
Smile, for everyone lacks self-confidence and more than any other one thing a smile reassures them.
Memory is a great artist. For every man and for every woman it makes the recollection of his or her life a work of art and an unfaithful record.
We owe to the Middle Ages the two worst inventions of humanity – romantic love and gunpowder.
Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.
Modesty and unselfishness – these are the virtues which men praise – and pass by.
The most important quality in a leader is that of being acknowledged as such. All leaders whose fitness is questioned are clearly lacking in force.
Growing old is no more than a bad habit which a busy person has no time to form.
Business is a combination of war and sport.
The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one’s opinion but rather to know it.
People are what you make them. A scornful look turns into a complete fool a man of average intelligence. A contemptuous indifference turns into an enemy a woman who, well treated, might have been an angel.
Style is the hallmark of a temperament stamped upon the material at hand.
Lost Illusion is the undisclosed title of every novel.
In literature as in love, we are astonished at what is chosen by others.
If you value a man’s regard, strive with him. As to liking, you like your newspaper – and despise it.
An artist must be a reactionary. He has to stand out against the tenor of the age and not go flopping along.
To be witty is not enough. One must possess sufficient wit to avoid having too much of it.
Old age is far more than white hair, wrinkles, the feeling that it is too late and the game finished, that the stage belongs to the rising generations. The true evil is not the weakening of the body, but the indifference of the soul.
If you create an act, you create a habit. If you create a habit, you create a character. If you create a character, you create a destiny.
Self-pity comes so naturally to all of us. The most solid happiness can be shaken by the compassion of a fool.
The first recipe for happiness is: avoid too lengthy meditation on the past.
There are certain persons for whom pure Truth is a poison.
No one can be profoundly original who does not avoid eccentricity.
A marriage without conflicts is almost as inconceivable as a nation without crises.
We appreciate frankness from those who like us. Frankness from others is called insolence.
Men and women are not born inconstant: they are made so by their early amorous experiences.
The really great novel tends to be the exact negative of its author’s life.
If men could regard the events of their own lives with more open minds, they would frequently discover that they did not really desire the things they failed to obtain.