Either you have a rival or you don't. If you have one, you must please in order to be preferred to him, and if you don't you must still please-in order to avoid having one.— Pierre Choderlos de Laclos
The most astonishing Pierre Choderlos de Laclos quotes that are simple and will have a huge impact on you
Cast between the extremes of happiness and misfortune, uncertainty is a cruel torment.
Revenge is a dish that is best served cold.
Humanity is not perfect in any fashion;
no more in the case of evil than in that of good. The criminal has his virtues, just as the honest man has his weaknesses.
All publicity is good publicity.
It has become necessary for me to have this woman, so as to save myself from the ridicule of being in love with her: for to what lengths will a man not be driven by thwarted desire?
I assure you that the world is not so amusing as we imagined.
I willingly allow that money does not guarantee happiness;
but it must also be allowed that it makes happiness a great deal easier to achieve.
A man enjoys the happiness he feels, a woman the happiness she gives.
I see you are already as timid as a slave: you might as well be in love.
It was there, in particular, that I confirmed the truth that love, which we cry up as the source of our pleasures, is nothing more than an excuse for them.
How characteristic of your perverse heart that longs only for what happens to be out of reach.
When one woman strikes at the heart of another, she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.
I can see that you're in love, but only in a very narrow sense.
It's the love of someone that finds charms and qualities in a woman that she doesn't actually have, who puts her in a class apart with every one else in second place, and who stays attached to her even while he's abusing her.
I am astonished at the pleasure one experiences in doing good;
and I should be tempted to believe that what we call virtuous people have not so much merit as they lead us to suppose.
La vengeance est un plat qui se mange froid
Marquise de Merteuil: I've distilled every thing to one single principle: win or die.
Truth to tell, the longer I live, the more I'm tempted to think that the only moderately worthwhile people in the world are you and I.
Don't you remember that love, like medicine, is only the art of encouraging nature?
One must not permit oneself excesses, except with persons whom one wishes soon to leave.
You may conquer her love of God: you will never overcome her fear of the devil.
...it is not for the illusion of a moment to govern the choice of a lifetime.