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
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all...
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions,...
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to...
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once...
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient...
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us...
Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil...
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to...
There is many a virtuous woman weary of her trade.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that...
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.