There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love...
Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...
We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us...
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side.
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
Usually we praise only to be praised.
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.