We forget our faults easily when they are known to ourselves alone.
It is only persons of firmness that can have real gentleness. Those who appear gentle are, in general, only a weak character, which easily changes into asperity.
Self-love is the greatest of all flatterers.
All women are flirts, but some are restrained by shyness, and others by sense.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
Category: Fools And Foolishness
We pardon to the extent that we love.
There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune; it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things; it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves.
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care to acquire.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
What men have called friendship is only a social arrangement, a mutual adjustment of interests, an interchange of services given and received; it is, in sum, simply a business from which those involved propose to derive a steady profit for their own self-love.
However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship.
Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead.
What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given.
What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one.