It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
Usually we praise only to be praised.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to...
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than...
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his...
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans...
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing...
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is...