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
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of...
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves...
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the...
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
We pardon to the extent that we love.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his...
Only the contemptible fear contempt.
We always get bored with those whom we bore.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all...