A man of wit could often be embarrassed without the company of fools.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
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