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 do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more...
We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the...
The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate...
There is nothing men are so generous of as advice.
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
Taste may change, but inclination never.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes...
We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free...
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company.
Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to...
The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others.