Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness.
There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men.
If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them.
There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices.
The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.
How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them.
The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us.
If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us.
Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit.
In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge.
Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of.
The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken.
We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude.
They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones.