We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of...
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either...
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of...
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one.
Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of...
Only the contemptible fear contempt.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans...
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to...