Only the contemptible fear contempt.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that...
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate...
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to...
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.