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"It is easier to be wise for others than for ourselves." Make picture quote!
"Jealously is always born with love but it does not die with it." Make picture quote!
"In love we often doubt what we most believe." Make picture quote!
"It is often laziness and timidity that keep us within our duty while virtue gets all the credit." Make picture quote!
"It is not in the power of even the most crafty dissimulation to conceal love long, where it really is, nor to counterfeit it long where it is not." Make picture quote!
"It is not enough to have great qualities; We should also have the management of them." Make picture quote!
"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone." Make picture quote!
"It is with true love as it is with ghosts; everyone talks about it, but few have seen it." Make picture quote!
"It is easier to know men in general, than men in particular." Make picture quote!
"It takes nearly as much ability to know how to profit by good advice as to know how to act for one's self." Make picture quote!
"It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills." Make picture quote!
"It is a great act of cleverness to be able to conceal one's being clever." Make picture quote!
"Innocence does not find near so much protection as guilt." Make picture quote!
"In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us." Make picture quote!
"In the human heart new passions are forever being born; the overthrow of one almost always means the rise of another." Make picture quote!
"In most of mankind gratitude is merely a secret hope of further favors." Make picture quote!
"It is from a weakness and smallness of mind that men are opinionated; and we are very loath to believe what we are not able to comprehend." Make picture quote!
"If we did not flatter ourselves, the flattery of others could never harm us." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy contains more of self-love than of love." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy is bred in doubts. When those doubts change into certainties, then the passion either ceases or turns absolute madness." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy is not so much the love of another as the love of ourselves." Make picture quote!
"In all professions each affects a look and an exterior to appear what he wishes the world to believe that he is. Thus we may say that the whole world is made up of appearances." Make picture quote!
"If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength." Make picture quote!
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures." Make picture quote!
"If we had no faults of our own, we should not take so much pleasure in noticing those in others." Make picture quote!
"In friendship as well as love, ignorance very often contributes more to our happiness than knowledge." Make picture quote!
"If we are to judge of love by its consequences, it more nearly resembles hatred than friendship." Make picture quote!
"If there be a love pure and free from the admixture of our other passions, it is that which lies hidden in the bottom of our heart, and which we know not ourselves." Make picture quote!
"If it were not for the company of fools, a witty man would often be greatly at a loss." Make picture quote!
"It is almost always a fault of one who loves not to realize when he ceases to be loved." Make picture quote!
"It's the height of folly to want to be the only wise one." Make picture quote!
"It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves." Make picture quote!
"If we judge love by most of its effects, it resembles rather hatred than affection." Make picture quote!
"The one thing people are the most liberal with, is their advice." Make picture quote!
"The mind is always the patsy of the heart." Make picture quote!
"The moderation of people in prosperity is the effect of a smooth and composed temper, owing to the calm of their good fortune." Make picture quote!
"The name and pretense of virtue is as serviceable to self-interest as are real vices." Make picture quote!
"The mind cannot long play the heart's role." Make picture quote!
"The only thing that should surprise us is that there are still some things that can surprise us." Make picture quote!
"The passions are the only orators which always persuade." Make picture quote!
"The principal point of cleverness is to know how to value things just as they deserve." Make picture quote!
"Self-interest makes some people blind, and others sharp-sighted." Make picture quote!
"The more one loves a mistress, the more one is ready to hate her." Make picture quote!
"The defects and faults of the mind are like wounds in the body; after all imaginable care has been taken to heal them up, still there will be a scar left behind, and they are in continual danger of breaking the skin and bursting out again." Make picture quote!
"Silence is the safest course for any man to adopt who distrust himself." Make picture quote!
"Some counterfeits reproduce so very well the truth that it would be a flaw of judgment not to be deceived by them." Make picture quote!
"Some people displease with merit, and others' very faults and defects are pleasing." Make picture quote!
"Taste may change, but inclination never." Make picture quote!
"That good disposition which boasts of being most tender is often stifled by the least urging of self-interest." Make picture quote!
"Some accidents there are in life that a little folly is necessary to help us out of." Make picture quote!
"The accent of one's birthplace remains in the mind and in the heart as in one's speech." Make picture quote!
"The man that thinks he loves his mistress for her own sake is mightily mistaken." Make picture quote!
"The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age." Make picture quote!
"The desire of talking of ourselves, and showing those faults we do not mind having seen, makes up a good part of our sincerity." Make picture quote!
"The desire to seem clever often keeps us from being so." Make picture quote!
"The first lover is kept a long while, when no offer is made of a second." Make picture quote!
"The force we use on ourselves, to prevent ourselves from loving, is often more cruel than the severest treatment at the hands of one loved." Make picture quote!
"The generality of virtuous women are like hidden treasures, they are safe only because nobody has sought after them." Make picture quote!
"The greatest part of intimate confidences proceed from a desire either to be pitied or admired." Make picture quote!
"The happiness and misery of men depend no less on temper than fortune." Make picture quote!
"The heart is forever making the head its fool." Make picture quote!
"The intellect is always fooled by the heart." Make picture quote!
"The accent of a man's native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech." Make picture quote!
"Timidity is a fault for which it is dangerous to reprove persons whom we wish to correct of it." Make picture quote!
"Virtue would go far if vanity did not keep it company." Make picture quote!
"Usually we praise only to be praised." Make picture quote!
"True love is like ghosts, which everyone talks about and few have seen." Make picture quote!
"Too great haste to repay an obligation is a kind of ingratitude." Make picture quote!
"We all have enough strength to endure the misfortunes of others." Make picture quote!
"To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die." Make picture quote!
"We are easily comforted for the misfortunes of our friends, when those misfortunes give us an occasion of expressing our affection and solicitude." Make picture quote!
"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too; and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected." Make picture quote!
"To know how to hide one's ability is great skill." Make picture quote!
"We always get bored with those whom we bore." Make picture quote!
"We are all strong enough to bear other men's misfortunes." Make picture quote!
"Those that have had great passions esteem themselves for the rest of their lives fortunate and unfortunate in being cured of them." Make picture quote!
"We are more interested in making others believe we are happy than in trying to be happy ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We are more often treacherous through weakness than through calculation." Make picture quote!
"We are nearer loving those who hate us than those who love us more than we wish." Make picture quote!
"We are never so ridiculous through what we are as through what we pretend to be." Make picture quote!
"We are so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others that in the end we become disguised to ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We are so used to dissembling with others that in time we come to deceive and dissemble with ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We are sometimes as different from ourselves as we are from others." Make picture quote!
"We always love those who admire us, but we do not always love those whom we admire." Make picture quote!
"There are very few people who are not ashamed of having been in love when they no longer love each other." Make picture quote!
"The sure way to be cheated is to think one's self more cunning than others." Make picture quote!
"The surest way to be deceived is to consider oneself cleverer than others." Make picture quote!
"The virtues and vices are all put in motion by interest." Make picture quote!
"The word virtue is as useful to self-interest as the vices." Make picture quote!
"There are a great many men valued in society who have nothing to recommend them but serviceable vices." Make picture quote!
"There are bad people who would be less dangerous if they were quite devoid of goodness." Make picture quote!
"There are but very few men clever enough to know all the mischief they do." Make picture quote!
"There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess." Make picture quote!
"There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade." Make picture quote!
"Those who occupy their minds with small matters, generally become incapable of greatness." Make picture quote!
"There are various sorts of curiosity; one is from interest, which makes us desire to know that which may be useful to us; and the other, from pride which comes from the wish to know what others are ignorant of." Make picture quote!
"Though men are apt to flatter and exalt themselves with their great achievements, yet these are, in truth, very often owing not so much to design as chance." Make picture quote!
"There are very few things impossible in themselves; and we do not want means to conquer difficulties so much as application and resolution in the use of means." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"There is many a virtuous woman weary of her trade." Make picture quote!
"There is no better proof of a man's being truly good than his desiring to be constantly under the observation of good men." Make picture quote!
"There is no disguise which can hide love for long where it exists, or simulate it where it does not." Make picture quote!
"There is nothing men are so generous of as advice." Make picture quote!
"They that apply themselves to trifling matters commonly become incapable of great ones." Make picture quote!
"Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others." Make picture quote!
"There are heroes in evil as well as in good." Make picture quote!
"When a man is in love, he doubts, very often, what he most firmly believes." Make picture quote!
"You can find women who have never had an affair, but it is hard to find a woman who has had just one." Make picture quote!
"We would rather speak ill of ourselves than not talk about ourselves at all." Make picture quote!
"Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended." Make picture quote!
"What is called generosity is usually only the vanity of giving; we enjoy the vanity more than the thing given." Make picture quote!
"What keeps us from abandoning ourselves entirely to one vice, often, is the fact that we have several." Make picture quote!
"What makes the pain we feel from shame and jealousy so cutting is that vanity can give us no assistance in bearing them." Make picture quote!
"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." Make picture quote!
"What seems to be generosity is often no more than disguised ambition, which overlooks a small interest in order to secure a great one." Make picture quote!
"We should often blush for our very best actions, if the world did but see all the motives upon which they were done." Make picture quote!
"Whatever good things people say of us, they tell us nothing new." Make picture quote!
"We seldom praise anyone in good earnest, except such as admire us." Make picture quote!
"When a man must force himself to be faithful in his love, this is hardly better than unfaithfulness." Make picture quote!
"When our vices leave us, we like to imagine it is we who are leaving them." Make picture quote!
"When we are in love we often doubt that which we most believe." Make picture quote!
"When we disclaim praise, it is only showing our desire to be praised a second time." Make picture quote!
"Why can we remember the tiniest detail that has happened to us, and not remember how many times we have told it to the same person." Make picture quote!
"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?" Make picture quote!
"Women's virtue is frequently nothing but a regard to their own quiet and a tenderness for their reputation." Make picture quote!
"Love can no more continue without a constant motion than fire can; and when once you take hope and fear away, you take from it its very life and being." Make picture quote!
"The sure mark of one born with noble qualities is being born without envy." Make picture quote!
"What we call generosity is for the most part only the vanity of giving; and we exercise it because we are more fond of that vanity than of the thing we give." Make picture quote!
"We often forgive those who bore us, but we cannot forgive those whom we bore." Make picture quote!
"We are very far from always knowing our own wishes." Make picture quote!
"We confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no large ones." Make picture quote!
"We do not despise all those who have vices, but we do despise those that have no virtue." Make picture quote!
"We do not praise others, ordinarily, but in order to be praised ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We easily forgive our friends those faults that do no affect us ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We get so much in the habit of wearing disguises before others that we finally appear disguised before ourselves." Make picture quote!
"We give advice, but we cannot give the wisdom to profit by it." Make picture quote!
"We have no patience with other people's vanity because it is offensive to our own." Make picture quote!
"We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them." Make picture quote!
"We may sooner be brought to love them that hate us, than them that love us more than we would have them do." Make picture quote!
"We are strong enough to bear the misfortunes of others." Make picture quote!
"We often pardon those that annoy us, but we cannot pardon those we annoy." Make picture quote!
"We only acknowledge small faults in order to make it appear that we are free from great ones." Make picture quote!
"We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones." Make picture quote!
"We pardon to the extent that we love." Make picture quote!
"We promise according to our hopes and perform according to our fears." Make picture quote!
"We promise in proportion to our hopes, and we deliver in proportion to our fears." Make picture quote!
"We say little, when vanity does not make us speak." Make picture quote!
"We seldom find any person of good sense, except those who share our opinions." Make picture quote!
"We seldom find people ungrateful so long as it is thought we can serve them." Make picture quote!
"We may seem great in an employment below our worth, but we very often look little in one that is too big for us." Make picture quote!
"How is it that we remember the least triviality that happens to us, and yet not remember how often we have recounted it to the same person?" Make picture quote!
"Funeral pomp is more for the vanity of the living than for the honor of the dead." Make picture quote!
"Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example." Make picture quote!
"Gracefulness is to the body what understanding is to the mind." Make picture quote!
"Gratitude is merely the secret hope of further favors." Make picture quote!
"Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs." Make picture quote!
"He is not to pass for a man of reason who stumbles upon reason by chance but he who knows it and can judge it and has a true taste for it." Make picture quote!
"He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks." Make picture quote!
"Heat of blood makes young people change their inclinations often, and habit makes old ones keep to theirs a great while." Make picture quote!
"How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves?" Make picture quote!
"Few things are impracticable in themselves; and it is for want of application, rather than of means, that men fail to succeed." Make picture quote!
"However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention." Make picture quote!
"However greatly we distrust the sincerity of those we converse with, yet still we think they tell more truth to us than to anyone else." Make picture quote!
"Many men are contemptuous of riches; few can give them away." Make picture quote!
"Hypocrisy is the homage vice pays to virtue." Make picture quote!
"The reason why so few people are agreeable in conversation is that each is thinking more about what he intends to say than others are saying." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy lives upon doubts. It becomes madness or ceases entirely as soon as we pass from doubt to certainty." Make picture quote!
"Jealousy springs more from love of self than from love of another." Make picture quote!
"Love often leads on to ambition, but seldom does one return from ambition to love." Make picture quote!
"Mediocre minds usually dismiss anything which reaches beyond their own understanding." Make picture quote!
"Hope, deceiving as it is, serves at least to lead us to the end of our lives by an agreeable route." Make picture quote!
"As one grows older, one becomes wiser and more foolish." Make picture quote!
"A great many men's gratitude is nothing but a secret desire to hook in more valuable kindnesses hereafter." Make picture quote!
"A man is sometimes as different from himself as he is from others." Make picture quote!
"A man's worth has its season, like fruit." Make picture quote!
"A refusal of praise is a desire to be praised twice." Make picture quote!
"A true friend is the greatest of all blessings, and that which we take the least care of all to acquire." Make picture quote!
"A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join the battle than to win." Make picture quote!
"A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant." Make picture quote!
"Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires." Make picture quote!
"All the passions make us commit faults; love makes us commit the most ridiculous ones." Make picture quote!
"Fortune converts everything to the advantage of her favorites." Make picture quote!
"As it is the characteristic of great wits to say much in few words, so small wits seem to have the gift of speaking much and saying nothing." Make picture quote!
"Flattery is a kind of bad money, to which our vanity gives us currency." Make picture quote!
"Before we set our hearts too much upon anything, let us examine how happy they are, who already possess it." Make picture quote!
"Being a blockhead is sometimes the best security against being cheated by a man of wit." Make picture quote!
"Conceit causes more conversation than wit." Make picture quote!
"Confidence contributes more to conversation than wit." Make picture quote!
"Decency is the least of all laws, but yet it is the law which is most strictly observed." Make picture quote!
"Every one speaks well of his own heart, but no one dares speak well of his own mind." Make picture quote!
"Everyone complains of his memory, and nobody complains of his judgment." Make picture quote!
"Few people have the wisdom to prefer the criticism that would do them good, to the praise that deceives them." Make picture quote!
"I have always been an admirer. I regard the gift of admiration as indispensable if one is to amount to something; I don't know where I would be without it." Make picture quote!
"As great minds have the faculty of saying a great deal in a few words, so lesser minds have a talent of talking much, and saying nothing." Make picture quote!
"Perfect valour consists in doing without witnesses that which we would be capable of doing before everyone." Make picture quote!
"Our aversion to lying is commonly a secret ambition to make what we say considerable, and have every word received with a religious respect." Make picture quote!
"Our concern for the loss of our friends is not always from a sense of their worth, but rather of our own need of them and that we have lost some who had a good opinion of us." Make picture quote!
"Our virtues are often, in reality, no better than vices disguised." Make picture quote!
"Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever." Make picture quote!
"Men often pass from love to ambition, but they seldom come back again from ambition to love." Make picture quote!
"People that are conceited of their own merit take pride in being unfortunate, that themselves and others may think them considerable enough to be the envy and the mark of fortune." Make picture quote!
"However rare true love may be, it is less so than true friendship." Make picture quote!
"Perfect behavior is born of complete indifference." Make picture quote!
"Our actions seem to have their lucky and unlucky stars, to which a great part of that blame and that commendation is due which is given to the actions themselves." Make picture quote!
"Perfect Valor is to do, without a witness, all that we could do before the whole world." Make picture quote!
"People always complain about their memories, never about their minds." Make picture quote!
"Perhaps being old is having lighted rooms inside your head, and people in them, acting. People you know, yet can't quite name." Make picture quote!
"Politeness is a desire to be treated politely, and to be esteemed polite oneself." Make picture quote!
"Pride does not wish to owe and vanity does not wish to pay." Make picture quote!
"Pride, which inspires us with so much envy, is sometimes of use toward the moderating of it too." Make picture quote!
"Quarrels would not last long if the fault was only on one side." Make picture quote!
"Repentance is not so much remorse for what we have done as the fear of the consequences." Make picture quote!
"Ridicule dishonors a man more than dishonor does." Make picture quote!
"The reason that lovers never weary each other is because they are always talking about themselves." Make picture quote!
"Perfect courage is to do without witnesses what one would be capable of doing with the world looking on." Make picture quote!
"Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye." Make picture quote!
"Moderation is the feebleness and sloth of the soul, whereas ambition is the warmth and activity of it." Make picture quote!
"Most of our faults are more pardonable than the means we use to conceal them." Make picture quote!
"People's personalities, like buildings, have various facades, some pleasant to view, some not." Make picture quote!
"Nature seems at each man's birth to have marked out the bounds of his virtues and vices, and to have determined how good or how wicked that man shall be capable of being." Make picture quote!
"Only the contemptible fear contempt." Make picture quote!
"Never give anyone the advice to buy or sell shares, because the most benevolent price of advice can turn out badly." Make picture quote!
"No man deserves to be praised for his goodness, who has it not in his power to be wicked. Goodness without that power is generally nothing more than sloth, or an impotence of will." Make picture quote!
"No man is clever enough to know all the evil he does." Make picture quote!
"No men are oftener wrong than those that can least bear to be so." Make picture quote!
"Not all those who know their minds know their hearts as well." Make picture quote!
"One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one." Make picture quote!
"Most people know no other way of judging men's worth but by the vogue they are in, or the fortunes they have met with." Make picture quote!
"Nothing hinders a thing from being natural so much as the straining ourselves to make it seem so." Make picture quote!
"One forgives to the degree that one loves." Make picture quote!
"On neither the sun, nor death, can a man look fixedly." Make picture quote!
"Old people love to give good advice; it compensates them for their inability to set a bad example." Make picture quote!
"Old men are fond of giving good advice to console themselves for their inability to give bad examples." Make picture quote!
"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth." Make picture quote!
"Nothing prevents one from appearing natural as the desire to appear natural." Make picture quote!
"Nothing is so contagious as example; and we never do any great good or evil which does not produce its like." Make picture quote!
"One is never fortunate or as unfortunate as one imagines." Make picture quote!
"If I advance, follow me! If I retreat, kill me! If I die, avenge me!" Make picture quote!
"Old people like to give good advice, as solace for no longer being able to provide bad examples." Make picture quote!




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