Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they...
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
We always get bored with those whom we bore.
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so...
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look...
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second...
We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.