When you can’t be frank, be clever, and when you can’t be clever, be quiet.
Under the skin we are not alike at all, and if we understood each other better would quarrel more.
Of the Seven Deadly Sins, no one can properly manifest more than five: Sloth, Pride, and Envy remain eternally at war.
Intelligence does not improve one’s thoughts, but it does increase their variance.
One should feel especially flattered by an insincere compliment.
For every empire history offers a hundred reasons why it fell, when what we need to know is why it lasted.
What would the penance be for having nothing to confess?
Nothing is, ever was, or ever will be so bad it’s good.
Retail evil-doers are often after money; wholesalers are always after something else.
We all invent past lives — some as pharaohs and princesses, others as themselves.