Only the contemptible fear contempt.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to...
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition...
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least...
Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
In love we often doubt what we most believe.
As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words,...
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune...
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
Usually we praise only to be praised.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.