Francois duc de La Rochefoucauld

There are few women whose worth outlasts their beauty.

If love be judged by most of its visible effects it looks more like a hatred than a freindship.

Silence is the safest policy if you are unsure of yourself.

To be slow-witted is sometimes enough to save one from a clever trickster.

Readiness to believe the worst without adequate examination comes from pride and laziness: we want to find the culprits but cannot be bothered to investigate the crimes.

It is less trouble for the right-thinking to let the wrong-headed have their way than it is to put them right.

Sometimes in life situations develop that only the half-crazy can get out of.

We are usually prevented from revealing our in most thoughts to our friends by mistrust, not of them but of ourselves.

As the stamp of greats minds is to suggest much in few words, so, contrawise, little minds have the gift of talking a great deal and saying nothing.

We are lazier in mind than in body.

Quarrels would not last long if the fault were on one side only.

A wise man thinks it more advantageous not to join a battle than to win.