It is to be a truly virtuous man to wish to be always exposed to the view of virtuous people.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
More things are left undone through neglect of duty than through neglect of self-interest.
We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them.
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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