What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for…
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally...
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all.
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
We love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
We are very far from always knowing our own wishes.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate...
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they...
Taste may change, but inclination never.
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us...
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so...