We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by...
Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them.
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a...
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they...
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans...
Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away.
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves...
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate...
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as...
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.