When not prompted by vanity, we say little.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Perfect virtue consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone.
We need greater virtues to sustain good fortune than bad.
A clever man should organize his self-interests in the order of their worth. Greediness often defeats its own end, by making us scratch for every trifle when we should dig for gold alone.
There goes another beautiful theory about to be murdered by a brutal gang of facts.
The defects of the understanding, like those of the face, grow worse as we grow old.
It is never so difficult to speak as when we are ashamed of our silence.
We come fresh to the different stages of life, and in each of them we are quite inexperienced, no matter how old we are.
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