Happiness and misery depend as much on temperament as on fortune.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
One is never so happy or so unhappy as one thinks.
We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves.
We are never so happy, nor so unhappy, as we suppose ourselves to be.
The head is ever the dupe of the heart.
When a man's acts are honest and just, it is hard to know if they result from righteousness or cleverness.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
Hypocrisy is homage paid by vice to virtue.
Hypocrisy is the homage which vice pays to virtue.
Indolence and timidity often keep us to our duty, while our virtue carries off all the credit of doing so.
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