The world more often rewards the appearances of merit than merit itself.
Taste may change, but inclination never. Francois de La Rochefoucaul
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness. Francois de La Rochefoucaul
It is easier to rule others than to keep from being ruled oneself.
It is as common for tastes to change as it is uncommon for traits of character.
The more we love, the nearer we are to hate.
The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so.
We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones. Francois de La Rochefoucaul
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.
The mind cannot long play the heart's role.
The passions are the only orators which always persuade.
Kings do with men as with pieces of money; they give them what value they please, and we are obliged to receive them at their current and not at their real value.
What we take for high-mindedness is very often no other than ambition well disguised, that scorns means interests, only to pursuegreater.
Hope is the last thing that dies in man.
We are almost always wearied in the company of persons with whom we are not permitted to be weary.
The height of ability consists in a thorough knowledge of the real value of things, and of the genius of the age in which we live.
There are some people who would never have fallen in love if they had not heard there was such a thing.
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
What makes lovers never tire of one another is that they talk always about themselves.
There is at least as much eloquence in the voice, eyes, and air of a speaker as in his choice of words.
A respectable man may love madly, but not foolishly.
The only real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. The glory of great men should always be measured by the means they have used to acpuire it.
The moderation of men in the most exalted fortunes is a desire to be thought above those things that have raised them so high.
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be.
True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen. Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Imagination could never invent the number of different contradictions that exist innately in each person's heart.
We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
Avarice often produces opposite results: there are an infinite number of persons who sacrifice their property to doubtful and distant expectations; others mistake great future advantages for small present interests.
Weakness is more opposed to virtue than is vice.
Those great and glorious actions that dazzle our eyes with their luster are represented by statesmen as the result of great wisdomand excellent design; whereas, in truth, they are commonly the effects of the humors and passions.