In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking...
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones...
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish...
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions,...
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least...
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...