Aphorisms by author: Charles Maurice de Talleyrand
Diplomacy is the art of saying "Nice Doggie!" till you can find a bigger stick.
By theme : Politics
Only a man who has loved a woman of genius can appreciate what happiness there is in loving a fool.
By theme : Love Wit Women
Mistrust first impulses; they are nearly always noble.
By theme : Behavior Psychology
War is much too serious a thing to be left to military men.
By theme : Wit War
My opinion? Well, I have one opinion in the morning, other opinion after noon, and in the evening I have no opinion at all.
By theme : Humor Wit
Methods are the masters of masters.
By theme : Knowledge Science Thought
Society is divided into two classes: the shearers and the shorn. We should always be with the former against the latter.
By theme : Behavior Society
The reputation of a man is like his shadow, gigantic when it precedes him and pygmy in its proportions when it follows.
By theme : Person Society
Too much sensibility creates unhappiness, too much insensibility creates crime.
By theme : Feelings Unhappiness
To succeed in the world, it is much more necessary to possess the penetration to discern who is a fool than to discover who is a clever man.
By theme : Behavior Psychology Wisdom
The bold defiance of a woman is the certain sign of her shame, when she has once ceased to blush, it is because she has too much to blush for.
By theme : Behavior Women
Speech was given to man to disguise his thoughts.
By theme : Behavior Thought Wit
Nothing succeeds so well as success.
By theme : Wit
Love is a reality which is born in the fairy region of romance.
By theme : Love
He who cannot feel friendship is alike incapable of love. Let a woman beware of the man who owns that he loves no one but herself.
By theme : Friendship Love
The rich man despises those who flatter him too much, and hates those who do not flatter him at all.
By theme : Behavior Person Relations Wealth
Beauty, devoid of grace, is a mere hook without the bait.
By theme : Beauty
A clever woman often compromises her husband; a stupid woman only compromises herself.
By theme : Stupidity Husband Women