In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune...
There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to...
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of...
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to...
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in...
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.