We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it.
There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists or simulate it where it does not.
There is only one sort of love, but there are a thousand copies.
True love is like ghosts, which everybody talks about and few have seen.
We pardon to the extent that we love.
The pleasure of love is in loving. We are much happier in the passion we feel than in that we inspire.
Source: Maxim 259.
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