"If we resist our passions, it is more due to their weakness than our strength."
"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Eleanor Roosevelt
"That which does not kill us makes us stronger."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Friedrich Nietzsche
"Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Helen Keller
"Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on John F. Kennedy
"The world breaks everyone, and afterward, some are strong at the broken places."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Ernest Hemingway
"It is with an old love as it is with old age a man lives to all the miseries, but is dead to all the pleasures."
"Old age is a tyrant, who forbids, under pain of death, the pleasures of youth."
"The defects of the mind, like those of the face, grow worse with age."
"It is great folly to wish to be wise all alone."
"Though nature be ever so generous, yet can she not make a hero alone. Fortune must contribute her part too and till both concur, the work cannot be perfected."