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Honoré de Balzac

Emulation is not rivalry. Emulation is the child of ambition; rivalry is the unlovable daughter of envy.

Ambition | Character | Daughter | Envy | Rivalry | Child |

Mateo Alemán, fully Mateo Alemán y de Enero

That poverty which is not the daughter of the spirit is but the mother of shame and reproach; it is a disreputation that drowns all the other good parts that are in man; it is a disposition to all kind of evil; it is a man’s greatest foe.

Character | Daughter | Evil | Good | Man | Mother | Poverty | Shame | Spirit |

Jean de La Bruyère

The most amiable people are those who least wound the self-love of others.

Character | Love | People | Self | Self-love | Wisdom |

Jean-Antoine Petit-Senn

There are wounds of self-love which one does not confess to one’s dearest friends.

Character | Love | Self | Self-love |

Horace Smith

Every man, like narcissus, becomes enamored of the reflection of himself, only choosing a substance instead of a shadow. This love for any particular woman is self-love at second hand, vanity reflected, compound egotism.

Character | Love | Man | Reflection | Self | Self-love | Woman |

Villefré NULL

In all times self-love has blinded the wisest.

Character | Love | Self | Self-love |

Saint Augustine, aka Augustine of Hippo, St. Austin, Bishop of Hippo NULL

When one has this intelligent self-love is commanded to love his neighbor as himself, what else is enjoined than that he shall do all in his power to commend to him the love of God? This is the worship of God, this is true religion, this right piety, this the service due to God only.

God | Love | Piety | Power | Religion | Right | Self | Self-love | Service | Wisdom | Worship | God |

Benjamin Franklin

Admiration is the daughter of ignorance.

Admiration | Daughter | Ignorance | Wisdom |

François Fénelon, fully Francois de Salignac de la Mothe-Fénelon

It is this unquiet self-love that renders us so sensitive. The sick man, who sleeps ill, thinks the night long. We exaggerate, from cowardice, all the evils which we encounter; they are great, but our sensibility increases them. The true way to bear them is to yield ourselves up with confidence to God.

Confidence | Cowardice | God | Love | Man | Self | Self-love | Sensibility | Wisdom |

Aulus Gellius

Truth the daughter of Time.

Daughter | Time | Truth | Wisdom |

Guiseppe Mazzini

Truth is the daughter of Time.

Daughter | Time | Truth | Wisdom |

Michel de Montaigne, fully Lord Michel Eyquem de Montaigne

It takes a lot of self-love and presumption to have such esteem for one’s own opinions that to establish them one must overthrow the public peace and introduce so many inevitable evils, and such a horrible corruption of morals, as civil wars and political changes bring with them in a matter of such weight - and introduce them into one’s own country.

Corruption | Esteem | Inevitable | Love | Peace | Presumption | Public | Self | Self-love | Wisdom |

Samuel Johnson, aka Doctor Johnson

Frugality may be termed the daughter of prudence, the sister of temperance, and the parent of liberty. Those that are extravagant will quickly become poor, and poverty will enforce dependence and invite corruption.

Corruption | Daughter | Dependence | Frugality | Liberty | Poverty | Prudence | Prudence | Will | Parent |

Charles Caleb Colton

Few things are more agreeable to self-love than revenge, and yet no cause so effectually restrains us from revenge as self-love. And this paradox naturally suggests another; that the strength of the community is not infrequently built upon the weakness of those individuals that compose it.

Cause | Love | Paradox | Revenge | Self | Self-love | Strength | Weakness |