Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred...
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to...
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of...
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...