We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking...
Only the contemptible fear contempt.
Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of...
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets...
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to...
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
There are heroes in evil as well as in good.
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish...
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.