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.
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.
Why is it that our memory is good enough to retain the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not good enough to recollect how often we have told it to the same person?
There are two sorts of constancy in love-one arises from continually discovering in the loved person new subjects for love, the other arises from our making a merit of being constant.
We always love those who admire us; we do not always love those whom we admire.
If one judges love by the majority of its effects, it is more like hatred than like friendship.
Source: his book, Les Maximes
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.
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