We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these...
Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another.
Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil...
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
A man's worth has its season, like fruit.
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part...
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues...
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they...
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving...
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to...
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...