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
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
We are never either so fortunate or so misfortunate as we imagine.
The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the...
There are few people who are not ashamed of their love affairs when the infatuation...
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever.
Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.
Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth.
It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets...
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice.
In love we often doubt what we most believe.
There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to...
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with...
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and...