If we resist our passions, it is more through their weakness than from our strength.
A person well satisfied with themselves is seldom satisfied with others, and others, rarely are with them.
Great souls are not those who have fewer passions and more virtues than others, but only those who have greater designs.
Nothing is impossible; there are ways that lead to everything, and if we had sufficient will we should always have sufficient means. It is often merely for an excuse that we say things are impossible.
Nothing so much prevents our being natural as the desire to seem so.
He who lives without folly isn't so wise as he thinks.
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.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves.
We only confess our little faults to persuade people that we have no big ones.
We never desire strongly, what we desire rationally.
In the misfortunes of our best friends we always find something not altogether displeasing to us.
Lovers never get tired of each other because they are forever talking about themselves.
It is easier to appear worthy of a position one does not hold, than of the office which one fills.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Hope and fear are inseparable.