We are nearer loving those who hate us, than those who love us more than we desire.
Francois de La Rochefoucauld
There are crimes which become innocent and even glorious through their splendor, number and excess.
We sometimes think that we hate flattery, but we only hate the manner in which it is done.
However glorious an action in itself, it ought not to pass for great if it be not the effect of wisdom and intention.
It's easier to be wise for others than for ourselves.
The mind is always the patsy of the heart.