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
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and...
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
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.
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they...
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to...
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a...
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
There is more self-love than love in jealousy
In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors.
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another.