In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love...
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make...
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to...
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all...
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.