Our vanity is the constant enemy of our dignity.
It is the enemy who keeps the sentinel watchful.
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.
If it were ever allowable to forget what is due to superiority of rank, it would be when the privileged themselves remembered it.
When two truths seem directly opposed to each other, we must not question either, but remember there is a third — God — who reserves to himself the right to harmonize 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.
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.
Resignation is putting God between ourselves and our troubles.
The chains which cramp us most are those which weigh on us least.
Might we not say to the confused voices which sometimes arise from the depths of our being: “Ladies, be so kind as to speak only four at a time?”
Providence has hidden a charm in difficult undertakings, which is appreciated only by those who dare to grapple with them.
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