The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we...
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing...
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of...
How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to...
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly...