He who thinks he can find in himself the means of doing without others is much mistaken; but he who thinks that others cannot do without him is still more mistaken.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
However brilliant an action, it should not be esteemed great unless the result of a great motive.
We think very few people sensible, except those who are of our opinion.
Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed.
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it.
Often we exaggerate the goodness of others more for our own virtue in giving praise than for the virtues that we praise: thus we invite commendation by seeming to dispense it.
Our pride rather than our virtue criticizes the faults of others: We reprove our friends less to correct their faults than to show that we-ourselves are free of them.
Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay.
Pride more often than ignorance makes us refuse to accept new ideas: finding the first places taken in the intellectual parade, we refuse to take the last.
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