It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we...
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is...
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second...
We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
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...
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to...
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that...
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with...