Quotes by: Francois de La Rochefoucauld
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it.
A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter.
Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them.
Philosophy finds it an easy matter to vanquish past and future evils, but the present are commonly too hard for it.
Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural.
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be.
In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances.
Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly.