Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves.
We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes.
Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love.
In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself.
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind.
Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness.
However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else.