No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second...
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we...
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish...
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than...
We pardon to the extent that we love.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least...
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel...
The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as...
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...