We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and...
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure...
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does.
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of...
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.
We come altogether fresh and raw into the several stages of life, and often find...
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...
In love we often doubt what we most believe.
The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.