Courage is the ladder on which all the other virtues mount. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. You never really know a man until you have divorced him. No man is hurt but by himself Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead. As we advance in life we learn the limits of our abilities. When all is said the greatest action is to limit and isolate one's self. The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. But their intervention makes our acts to serve ever less merely the immediate claims of our instincts. Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature . I do not know which makes a man more conservative -- to know nothing but the present, or nothing but the past. A hen is only an egg's way of making another egg. Greater things are believed of those who are absent. When in doubt, don't.