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
The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having...
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a...
We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears.
Only the contemptible fear contempt.
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate...
Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself.
Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable,...
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions,...
In love we often doubt what we most believe.
The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper,...
Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves.
There is more self-love than love in jealousy
Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make...
Chance corrects us of many faults that reason would not know how to correct.
We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a...
One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines.
No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so.
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune...