Our repentance is not so much regret for the evil we have done, as fear of its consequences to us.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
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.
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