Before we set our hearts too much on anything, let us examine how happy are those who already possess it.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Contributed by: Zaady
There is no disguise that can for long conceal love where it exists or simulate it where it does not.
We often do good in order that we may do evil with impunity.
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
There is an eloquent silence: it serves sometimes to approve, sometimes to condemn; there is a mocking silence; there is a respectful silence.
Enthusiasm is the most convincing orator; it is like the functioning of an infallible law of nature. The simplest man, fired with enthusiasm, is more persuasive than the most eloquent without it.
There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness.
Nothing is so contagious as an example. We never do great good or evil without bringing about more of the same on the part of others.
Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit.
When we cannot find contentment in ourselves, it is useless to seek it elsewhere.
Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on.
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