C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.
Wicked is not much worse than indiscreet.
Indiscretion and wickedness, be it known, are first cousins.
Ninon de Lenclos.
The generality of men expend the early part of their lives in contributing to render the latter part miserable.
We waste our best years in distilling the sweetest flowers of life into potions which, after all, do not immortalize, but only intoxicate.
Three things too much and three too little are pernicious to man: to speak much and know little; to spend much and have little; to presume much and be worth little.
An indiscreet man is more hurtful than an ill-natured one; for as the latter will only attack his enemies, and those he wishes ill to, the other injures indifferently both friends and foes.
6 A man should be careful never to tell tales of himself to his own disadvantage; people may be amused, and laugh at the time, but they will be remembered, and brought up against him upon some subsequent occasion.