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C.N. Douglas, comp.  Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical.  1917.
 
Alfred de Musset
 
  A lively retrospect summons back to us once more our youth, with vivid reflex of its early joys and unstained pleasures.  1
  Christianity ruined emperors, but saved peoples.  2
  Disgrace is the synonym of discovery.  3
  Experience is the name men give to their follies or their sorrows.  4
  Few persons enjoy real liberty; we are all slaves to ideas or habits.  5
  Happiness may have but one night, as glory but one day.  6
  In love matters, keep your pen from paper.  7
  It is easy to promise, and alas! how to forget!  8
  Life is a sleep, love is a dream; and you have lived if you have loved.  9
  Memory is what makes us young or old.  10
  O world, how many hopes thou dost engulf!  11
  Partake of love as a temperate man partakes of wine; do not become intoxicated.  12
  Perfection does not exist. To understand it is the triumph of human intelligence; to desire to possess it is the most dangerous kind of madness.  13
  Reason may cure illusions, but not suffering.  14
  Repartee is altogether a natural endowment, and is the lightning of the mind.  15
  Taxes are a universal burden in moral as well as in civil life. There is not a pleasure, social or otherwise, which is not assessed by fate at its full value!  16
  The life of a devotee is a crusade of which the heart is the Holy Land.  17
  The soft contralto notes of a woman’s voice are born in the immediate region of the heart.  18
  Vanity and dignity are incompatible with each other; vain women are almost sure to be vulnerable.  19
  Verity is nudity.  20
 
 
  Women are charged with a fondness for nonsense and frivolity. Did not Talleyrand say, “I find nonsense singularly refreshing”?  21
  Women, like men, may be persuaded to confess their faults; but their follies, never.  22
 
 
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