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
There is only one kind of love, but there are a thousand imitations.
It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets...
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that...
As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so...
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than...
Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost...
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation.
The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or...
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity...
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune.
I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if...
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to...
Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it.
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.