If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others.
If we have not peace within ourselves, it is in vain to seek it from outward sources. Francois de La Rochefouc
The man whom no one pleases is much more unhappy than the man who pleases no one.
Women in love sooner forgive great indiscretions than small infidelities.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
When we are unable to find tranquility within ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences.
Esteem never makes ingrates.
There are some good marriages, but practically no delightful ones.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side. Francois de La Rochefouc
Madmen and fools see everything through the medium of humor.
Self-love increases or diminishes for us the good qualities of our friends, in proportion to the satisfaction we feel with them; and we judge of their merit by the manner in which they act towards us.
Sometimes, occasions occur in life which demand you to be a little foolish in order to skillfully extricate yourself.
The generality of men have, like plants, latent properties, which chance brings to light.
Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it.
It is given to few persons to keep this secret well. Those who lay down rules too often break them, and the safest we are able to give is to listen much, to speak little, and to say nothing that that will ever give ground or regret.
Every one complains of a poor memory, no one of a weak judgment.
We may say of agreeableness, as distinct from beauty, that it is a symmetry whose rules are unknown.
It is necessary, in order to know things well, to know the particulars of them; and these, being infinite, make our knowledge eversuperficial and imperfect.
If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
There are some people upon whom their very faults and failings sit gracefully; and there are others whose very excellencies and accomplishments do not become them.
As love increases, prudence diminishes.
We often boast that we are never bored; but yet we are so conceited that we do not perceive how often we bore others.
We should often blush at our noblest deeds if the world were to see all their underlying motives.
Loyalty is in most people only a ruse used by self-interest to attract confidence.
When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them.
The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune. Francois de La Rochefouc
A clever man reaps some benefit from the worst catastrophe, and a fool can turn even good luck to his disadvantage.