John Bartlett (18201905). Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. 1919.
Isaac de Benserade. (16121691) 9509
In bed we laugh, in bed we cry; And, born in bed, in bed we die. The near approach a bed may show Of human bliss to human woe. 1
François, duc de La Rochefoucauld. (16131680) 9510
Our virtues are most frequently but vices disguised. 2
Maxim 19. 9511
We have all sufficient strength to endure the misfortunes of others.
Maxim 19. 9512
Philosophy triumphs easily over past evils and future evils; but present evils triumph over it. 3
Maxim 22. 9513
We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune.
Maxim 25. 9514
Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.
Maxim 26. 9515
Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.
Maxim 39. 9516
We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.
Maxim 49. 9517
There are few people who would not be ashamed of being loved when they love no longer.
Note 1. Translated by Samuel Johnson. [ back] Note 2. This epigraph, which is the key to the system of La Rochefoucauld, is found in another form as No. 179 of the Maxims of the first edition, 1665; it is omitted from the second and third, and reappears for the first time in the fourth edition at the head of the Reflections.Aime Martin. [ back]
Note 3. See Goldsmith, Quotation 75. [ back]