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
Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing...
Taste may change, but inclination never.
The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel...
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it...
We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of...
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win.
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.