La Rochefoucauld Quotes

There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not.
We rarely think that people have good sense unless they agree with us.
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils but present evils triumph over it.
The man who lives free from folly is not so wise as he thinks.
For most men the love of justice is only the fear of suffering injustice.
Constancy in love is a perpetual inconstancy, in which the heart attaches itself successively to each of the lover's qualities, giving preference now to one, now to another.
We seldom attribute common sense except to those who agree with us.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Absence lessens the minor passions and increases the great ones, as the wind douses a candle and kindles a fire.
We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person
We do not regret the loss of our friends by reasons of their merit, but because of our needs and for the good opinion that we believed them to have held of us.
If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss.
Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side.
Absence abates a moderate passion and intensifies a great one- as the wind blows out a candle but fans fire into flame. (Maxims)
The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
If we are to judge of love by the consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship.
Conceit causes more conversation than wit.
If we resist our passions, it is more from their weakness than from our strength.
Those who give too much attention to trifling things become generally incapable of great things.
One forgives to the degree that one loves.
Ah, Hope what would life be, stripped of thy encouraging smiles, that teach us to look behind the dark clouds of to-day, for the golden beams that are to gild the morrow.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
A true friend is the most precious of all possessions and the one we take the least thought about acquiring.
Courage is like love it must have hope for nourishment.
It's no good trying to keep up old friendships. It's painful for both sides. The fact is, one grows out of people, and the only thing is to face it.
We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be.
To a person in love, the value of the individual is intuitively known. Love needs no logic for its mission.
We are all strong enough to endure the misfortunes of others.
When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
Our enemies come nearer the truth in the opinions they form of us than we do in our opinion of ourselves.
Were we faultless, we would not derive such satisfaction from remarking the faults of others.
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.
There is no accident so disastrous that a clever man cannot derive some profit from it nor any so fortunate that a fool cannot turn it to his disadvantage.
Everyone complains of his memory, none of his judgment.
Perfect valor is to behave, without witnesses, as one would act were all the world watching.
The pleasure of love is in the loving and there is more joy in the passion one feels than in that which one inspires.
Absence diminishes small loves and increases great ones, as the wind blows out the candle and blow up the bonfire.
It is the habit of mediocre minds to condemn all that is beyond their grasp.
Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well.
Hope and fear are inseparable. There is no hope without fear, nor any fear without hope.
The surest way to be deceived is to think oneself cleverer than the others.
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
We are never so happy or unhappy as we think.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
If we judge of love by its usual effects, it resembles hatred more than friendship.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
One is never as fortunate or as unfortunate as one thinks.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and the one which we take the least thought to acquire.
How can we expect another to keep our secret, if we cannot keep it ourself
All the passions make us commit faults love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones.
Our minds are lazier than our bodies.
The greatest of all gifts is the power to estimate things at their true worth.
Some disguised deceits counterfeit truth so perfectly that not to be taken in by them would be an error of judgment.
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