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
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating...
We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors
We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others.
Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted.
Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of...
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become...
Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity...
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of...
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of...
We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy.
Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue.
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to...