IdleHearts / Francois VI
Passion makes idiots of the cleverest men, and makes the biggest idiots clever.
It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone.
One can find women who have never had one love affair, but it is rare indeed to find any who have had only one.
There are few virtuous women who are not bored with their trade.
Absence diminishes mediocre passions and increases great ones, as the wind extinguishes candles and fans fires.
Weakness of character is the only defect which cannot be amended.
We would frequently be ashamed of our good deeds if people saw all of the motives that produced them.
We should often feel ashamed of our best actions if the world could see all the motives which produced them.