What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give.
Quote by Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Francois De La Rochefoucauld Quotes
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become...
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions,...
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them...
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all...
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of...
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
In jealousy there is more of self-love than love.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate...
We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others.
There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to...
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and...
Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present...
Taste may change, but inclination never.
Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the...
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.