There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
The pleasure of love is in loving.
We pardon as long as we love.
We should often blush at our noblest deeds if the world were to see all their underlying motives.
The mark of extraordinary merit is to see those most envious of it constrained to praise.
Virtues lose themselves in self-interest, as rivers in the sea.
Love is to the soul of him who loves, what the soul is to the body which it animates.
The trust that we put in ourselves makes us feel trust in others.
We do not wish ardently for what we desire only through reason.
Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites.
There are follies as catching as contagious disorders.
It is worth nothing to be young without being beautiful, nor to be beautiful without being young.
Our actions are like blank rhymes, to which everyone applies what sense he pleases.
It is not always for virtue's sake that women are virtuous.
We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended. Francois de La Rochefoucaul
Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness.
There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do.
Marriage is the only war in which you sleep with the enemy.
Humility is often a false front we employ to gain power over others.
The intellect is always fooled by the heart.
Confidence in conversation has a greater share than wit.
Without humility, we keep all our defects; and they are only crusted over by pride, which conceals them from others, and often from ourselves.
Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everthing which is beyond their range.
Thinkers think and doers do. But until the thinkers do and the doers think, progress will be just another word in the already overburdened vocabulary by sense.
The health of the soul is something we can be no more sure of than that of the body; and though a man may seem far from the passions, yet he is in as much danger of falling into them as one in a perfect state of health of having a fit of sickness.
The confidence which we have in ourselves give birth to much of that, which we have in others.
The courage of a great many men, and the virtue of a great many women, are the effect of vanity, shame, and especially a suitabletemperament.
Most women lament not the death of their lovers so much out of real affection for them, as because they would appear worthy of love.
What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several.