People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel...
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...
The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest.
It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love...
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us...
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests,...
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all...
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look...
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the...
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of...
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.