"There is a kind of elevation which does not depend on fortune it is a certain air which distinguishes us, and seems to destine us for great things it is a price which we imperceptibly set upon ourselves."
"Great minds discuss ideas average minds discuss events small minds discuss people."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Eleanor Roosevelt
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Albert Einstein
"Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on William Shakespeare
"One sees great things from the valley only small things from the peak."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Gilbert K. Chesterton
"All the great things are simple, and many can be expressed in a single word: freedom, justice, honor, duty, mercy, hope."Francois de La Rochefoucauld on Winston Churchill
"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."