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Dangerous Liaisons from Pierre Choderlos de Laclos

Love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature.

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The scoundrel has his good qualities, and the good man his weaknesses.

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One has lived long enough if one has had time to win the love of women and the esteem of men.

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An opportunity missed once will present itself again, whereas a too hasty action can never be recalled.

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Success, which is not always a proof of merit, depends more often on the choice of a subject than on its execution.

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The shame love causes is like its pain; we only feel it once. We may feign it afterwards, but we do not feel it. However, the pleasure remains, and that is indeed something.

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Man enjoys the happiness he feels, woman the happiness she gives. This difference, so essential and yet so seldom noticed, has a marked difference on the whole of their respective behaviour. A man's pleasure is to satisfy desires, a woman's is chiefly to arouse them.

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Only love can make one happy.

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One's ridiculousness increases in proportion as one denies it.

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One hand was needed for power, the other for love: where is the orator that could aspire to grace in such a position?

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