The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free...
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...
If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred...
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
We pardon to the extent that we love.
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Ignorance of all things is an evil neither terrible nor excessive, nor yet the greatest...
Never treat somebody's cleverness as his life's smartness. Cleverness is to hide weakness and smartness...