It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of...
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives...
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that...
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and...
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than...
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than...
Let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.
Ultimately the bond of all companionship, whether in marriage or in friendship, is conversation.