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.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
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.
The pleasure of love is in loving. We are much happier in the passion we feel than in that we inspire.
Source: Maxim 259.
Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude.
Minds of moderate caliber ordinarily condemn everything which is beyond their range.
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.
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