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
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the...
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love...
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune...
We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom...
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Taste may change, but inclination never.
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it...
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
Usually we praise only to be praised.