Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom...
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves...
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to...
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to...
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of...
The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a...
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of...
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.