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
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of...
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives...
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all...
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think...
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look...
A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.