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
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to...
The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as...
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We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it...
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests,...
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to...
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become...
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.