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More from François de la Rochefoucauld

We have all sufficient strength to endure the misfortunes of others.

Maxim 19

We need greater virtues to sustain good than evil fortune.

Maxim 25

Neither the sun nor death can be looked at with a steady eye.

Maxim 26

Interest speaks all sorts of tongues, and plays all sorts of parts, even that of disinterestedness.

Maxim 39

We are never so happy or so unhappy as we suppose.

Maxim 49