It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition...
Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of...
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to...
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become...
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
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.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
Never treat somebody's cleverness as his life's smartness. Cleverness is to hide weakness and smartness...
It is great cleverness to known when to conceal one's cleverness
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest...