One who finds no satisfaction in himself seeks for it in vain elsewhere.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
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.
We promise according to our hopes, and perform according to our fears.
Everyone complains of his lack of memory, but nobody of his want of judgment.
We should not judge of a man's merit by his good qualities, but by the use he can make of them.
The mind cannot long act the role of the heart.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
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