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
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody...
The heart is forever making the head its fool.
Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of...
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of...
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition...
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see...
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves...
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...