Of all our faults, the one that we excuse most easily is idleness.
Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too.
Even women are perfect at the outset.
All women seem by nature to be coquettes.
What we take for virtue is often but an assemblage of various ambitions and activities that chance, or our own astuteness, have arranged in a certain manner; and it is not always out of courage or purity that men are brave, and women chaste.
In love the deceit generally outstrips the distrust.
If we are incapable of finding peace in ourselves, it is pointless to search elsewhere.
A man convinced of his own merit will accept misfortune as an honor, for thus can he persuade others, as well as himself, that he is a worthy target for the arrows of fate.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
It is easier for a man to be thought fit for an employment that he has not, than for one he stands already possessed of, and is exercising.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
We are not fond of praising, and never praise any one except from interested motives. Praise is a clever, concealed, and delicate flattery, which gratifies in different ways the giver and the receiver. The one takes it as a recompense of his merit, and the other bestows it to display his equity and
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
Fancy sets the value on the gifts of fortune.
The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve.
On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly. Francois de La Rochefouc
Were we perfectly acquainted with the object, we should never passionately desire it.
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them. Francois de La Rochefouc
We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves.
Nature creates ability; luck provides it with opportunity.
Gravity is a mysterious carriage of the body invented to cover the defects of the mind.
To think to be wise alone is a very great folly.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
There is no accident so unfortunate but wise men will make some advantage of it, nor any so entirely fortunate but fools may turn it to their own prejudice.
People are more slanderous from vanity than from malice.
Envy is more irreconcilable than hatred.
Moderation is represented as a virtue in order to restrain the ambition of great men, and to console those of a meaner condition in their lesser merit and fortune.
He who imagines he can do without the world deceives himself much; but he who fancies the world cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
It is more difficult for a man to be faithful to his mistress when he is favored than when he is ill treated by her.
The only good imitations are those that poke fun at bad originals.