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
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to...
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of...
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans...
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves...
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
Usually we praise only to be praised.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...
Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to...
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
The heart is forever making the head its fool.
It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives...
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these...
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.