Women for the most part surrender themselves more from weakness than from passion. Whence it is that bold and pushing men succeed better than others, although they are not so loveable.
A good woman is a hidden treasure; he who discovers her will do well not to boast about it.
We are nearer loving those who hate us, than those who love us more than we desire.
Women who love, pardon more readily great indiscretions than little infidelities.
Not to love is, in love, an infallible means of being beloved.
From the Maxims of La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680).