Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
Quote by François De La Rochefoucauld
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he...
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we...
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the...
Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that...
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all...
It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love...
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a...
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.