Every great action is extreme.
Duc de La Rochefoucauld (1613 - 1680)
Source: Réflexions ou Sentences et Maximes Morales
Contributed by: Zaady
The truest mark of being born with great qualities, is being born without envy.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.
Source: Sentences et Maximes Morales, no. 83 (1678)
Organize one's values in the order of their worth.
No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does.
When our vices leave us, we flatter ourselves that we have left them.
No man deserves to be praised for his goodness unless he has strength of character to be wicked. All other goodness is generally nothing but indolence or impotence of will.
It takes a better man to survive good luck than bad.
If we had no faults ourselves, we should not take so much pleasure in remarking them in others.
Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors.
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