What men have given the name of friendship to is nothing but an alliance, a reciprocal accommodation of interest, an exchange of good offices; in it is nothing but a system of traffic, in which self-love always proposes to itself some advantage.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Contributed by: Chrissy
It is a common fault to never be satisfied with our fortune, nor dissatisfied with our understanding.
Source: The Maxims
Contributed by: Christian
The true means of being misled is to believe oneself finer than the others.
Source: Quoted in Beggars Ride by Nancy Kress, Tor Books, 1997, p. 341
Contributed by: CajunGypsy
It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
Contributed by: Zaady
Few things are needed to make a wise man happy; nothing can make a fool content.
Source: Albert W. Daw Collection
Deprived of the company of fools, a great wit does not seem half so clever.
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other.
When not prompted by vanity, we say little.
Vanity makes us do more things against inclination than reason.
It is to be a truly virtuous man to wish to be always exposed to the view of virtuous people.
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