Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally...
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests,...
Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it...
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than...
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of...
How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet...
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting....
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of...
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.