C.N. Douglas, comp. Forty Thousand Quotations: Prose and Poetical. 1917.


We become so accustomed to disguise ourselves to others, that at last we are disguised to ourselves.

La Rochefoucauld.

  • ’Tis great, ’tis manly, to disdain disguise;
  • It shows our spirit, or it proves our strength.
  • Young.

    Were we to take as much pains to be what we ought to be as we do to disguise what we really are, we might appear like ourselves without being at the trouble of any disguise at all.

    La Rochefoucauld.

  • Disguise, I see, thou art a wickedness,
  • Wherein the pregnant enemy does much.
  • How easy is it for the proper false
  • In women’s waxen hearts to set their forms!
  • Alas, our frailty is the cause, not we:
  • For, such as we are made of, such are we.
  • Shakespeare.

    Men would not live long in society, were they not the mutual dupes of each other.

    La Rochefoucauld.