Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves.
Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love.
We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us.
That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least urging of self-interest.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed.
Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears.
We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with ourselves.
What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them.
If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection.
Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being.
It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures.
Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected.
Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example.
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.
When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time.
Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty.