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 love those who admire us, but not those whom we admire.
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either...
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but...
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate...
As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish.
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others.
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make...
We say little, when vanity does not make us speak.
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
We always get bored with those whom we bore.
Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt.
Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as...
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions,...