What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with...
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
Idiots and lunatics see only their own wit.
Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting....
Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others.
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us...
We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own.
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that...
There is more self-love than love in jealousy
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and...
We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than...
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to...
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
People always complain about their memories, never about their minds.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally...