Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular.
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his...
There is more self-love than love in jealousy
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that...
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests,...
The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel...
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient...
Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness...
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free...