How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it...
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred...
Usually we praise only to be praised.
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors