Quarrels would not last long if the fault were only on one side. [496] We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune. [25] Silence is the best resolve for him who distrusts himself. [79]
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it. [22] It is as easy to deceive oneself without being aware as it is hard to deceive others without letting them get aware of it. [115] If one judges love from most of its effects, it resembles more to hate than to friendship. [72]
There is no such a bad event from which skilled people could not get out some advantage, nor such a happy event that an imprudent man could not turn to his disadvantage. [59] Although men pride themselves for their great deeds, they are less often due to a great design but due to chance. [57] Why must we have enough memory to recall to the tiniest detail what has happened to us, and not have enough to remember how many times we have told it to the same person? [313]
Few people are so wise to prefer a useful blame against a betraying compliment. [147] Old men like to give advices to console themselves for no longer being able to set bad examples. [93] We always like those who admire us; we do not always like those whom we admire. [294]
François de La Rochefoucauld