However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we...
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets...
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or...
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of...
Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing...
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us...
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to...
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make...
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient...
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.